European Cyber Security Group Founded to Combat Cybercrime

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A group of leading-edge European cyber security firms have formed a consortium to address the growing threats to Europe’s cyber security. Private and public organizations faced with cyber security incidents can now rely on the combined forces of the ECSG, which can provide more than 600 experts to effectively combat cyber crime.

A group of independent firms today announced they have banded together to form the European Cyber Security Group (ECSG), a private consortium formed in response to the growing need for increased collaboration across borders to address the growing threats to Europe’s cyber security. The founding members of the ECSG include Danish CSIS, Dutch Fox-IT, French Lexsi, and Spanish S21sec.

While every country in Europe has an agency dedicated to the mission of securing its electronic borders, cooperation between countries is rare, making efforts to protect citizens and prosecute perpetrators increasingly difficult. ECSG seeks to address this through a combination of partnership and advocacy, using the combined strength of its more than 600 cyber security experts to respond in a rapid and efficient manner. By tackling Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) engagements as partners, they each bring their firms’ uniqueness to bear to deliver faster and more complete services in agile ways that a single, large organization simply cannot.

In addition, ECSG can utilize its front-line experience to advise governments, corporations and regulators on more effective and practical cyber defence policy issues, risk prevention and mitigation practices, and cross-border information sharing, thus reducing the effects of cybercrime across Europe.

Key Facts

  •     Through their partnership, ECSG is now effectively the largest European provider of CERT services. By tackling CERT engagements collaboratively, ECSG offers the most comprehensive and rapid services for corporate and government clients. Members work independently, and can draw from additional and specialized resources from their ECSG partners where and when needed. Relying on this added “bench strength” ensures successful CERT engagements of any scale.
  •     Acting within the law, ECSG partners will confidentially exchange up-to-the-minute threat intelligence and information trends, bypassing the red tape that would normally occur due to jurisdictional issues across borders. Such information would also be shared with government agencies in order to further the efforts of local law enforcement to combat cyber crime.
  •     The ECSG will additionally collaborate with the governments of individual countries, as well as the European Union, to advise on best practices and assist on cyber security engagements where necessary to ensure speedy mitigation of security issues.
  •     Finally, ECSG will also lobby local and EU lawmakers to enact legislation to ease the cross-border information sharing and cooperation that will ultimately lead to a more secure Europe.
  •     Membership to the ECSG is open, but subject to a full application review. For more information, visit


Dr Paul Timmers, Director of the Directorate Sustainable and Secure Society in the European Commission, Directorate-General Communications Networks, Content & Technology
“It is an unfortunate fact of the world we live in today that insufficient preparedness and limited cross-border cooperation can hamper our response to cyber incidents and cybercrime. This should not, however, prevent us from mitigating the effects of attacks on the victims. The mission of the ECSG is to be applauded; by leveraging the expertise and personnel from its member companies, the group will enhance cooperation and lawful sharing of information for quick and effective response to cyber-attacks. It will hopefully strengthen public-private cooperation, which is one of the key priorities of the EU Cybersecurity Strategy."

Menno van der Marel, Chairman ECSG and Director and Co-Founder of the Dutch firm Fox IT: “Organisations are increasingly faced with cyber security incidents both major and minor, from data leaks to DDOS attacks, to Advanced Persistent Threats that can bring them to their knees. Effectively dealing with those incidents is a specialist job, and oftentimes, specialist firms may be faced with a temporary lack of resources to address client needs. ECSG partners are committed to delivering resources for each other to ensure that best in class expertise can be deployed to clients across the globe.”

About Fox-IT
Netherlands-based Fox-IT prevents, solves and mitigates the most serious threats as a result of cyber attacks, fraud and data breaches with innovative solutions for government, defence, law enforcement, critical infrastructure, banking, and commercial enterprise clients worldwide. Our approach combines human intelligence and technology into innovative solutions that ensure a more secure society. We develop custom and packaged solutions that maintain the security of sensitive government systems, protect industrial control networks, defend online banking systems, and secure highly confidential data and networks. For more information, visit

About CSIS
In 2003, CSIS Security Group was founded with a mission to meet the growing threat of IT criminals. Today, CSIS has become the leading Nordic supplier of anti-eCrime services, and cooperates with all the Danish banks, and a series of major European financial institutions. The experts of CSIS are among the best in the world, which is proven by them winning the DefCon 2011, the world’s unofficial hacker championship. Thus, CSIS is the preferred IT security adviser by many companies, the state, and the media in Scandinavia.

The knowledge gained by continually following the IT-criminals' whereabouts is redeployed in the development of solutions that provide optimum protection to organizations as well as private individuals. For further information please visit

LEXSI is an independent French company delivering dedicated and qualitative information security and risk management services.

LEXSI combines a strong focus on innovation and a distinctive alliance of technologies, methods and talents, in order to protect its clients’ interests. Its 150 experts are at the forefront of the IT and Cyber security fields. They enable LEXSI to respond to the various information security challenges faced by its more than 600 private and public clients in the world from strategic business sectors such as banking, defense, industry. For further information please visit

About S21sec
Based in Spain, S21sec is a multinational firm providing cybersecurity services and technology to help our customers achieve their business goals. Our aim is to protect our customers’ most critical digital assets: data and corporate image. Our primary focus is what we consider the cornerstone of security – prevention. Our approach to cybersecurity is to manage customer security and build confidence by leveraging reliable new technologies. Our day-to-day interactions with clients and our collaborative partnerships with public and private sector organizations enable us to successfully thwart online fraud and cyber security threats. S21sec offers an extensive range of products, services and technology worldwide to ensure secure information systems within organizations: Compliance, Assessment, Ecrime, Intelligence, CERT, Training, Research, Digital Surveillance and SIEM solutions. For further information please visit

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