The EU’s NIS Platform working group 3 was featured in a keynote address at the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the South Africa Government organised a well attended stakeholder workshop on the Cybersecurity Research Development and Innovation (RDI) Agenda of South Africa held in Pretoria on 26th Feb. 2015. Agenda here –> CYBERSECURITY STAKEHOLDER FORUM PROGRAMME.
DST and The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) also co-organised a second event on 27th February, 2015 entitled Horizon 2020 ICT and Secure Societies Information Session, which was also very well attended and an EU keynote was also made by Jim Clarke, of Waterford IT, focussing on his experiences of international cooperation (INCO) in FP7 (including BIC project) and promoting the benefits of participating to the EU H2020 programme to the South Africa participants.
The participants were very impressed with the NIS Platform approach of the EU and seem genuinely interested to work together with the EU in developing their cybersecurity research roadmap. The participants at the H2020 workshop were also very interested in the H2020 programme prospects for them, especially in the open call areas related to ICT and Secure Societies topics.