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Axel Deininger elected as new ECSO Chairman

Axel Deininger, CEO of secunet Security Networks AG, was elected as the new Chairman of the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) on October 27th, 2021. As Chairman of the Board of Directors (BoD), he will represent the interests of the association and its members, especially at the EU institutions. He succeeds Phillipe Vannier, who has acted as chairman, representing the French listed IT service provider ATOS.

"I am pleased with my election and the great approval of the Board of Directors," says Axel Deininger. “IT security is a decisive success factor for successful digitisation. It is therefore crucial to further strengthen the European IT security ecosystem, which is reflected in the membership of ECSO, in order to achieve the goals set in close cooperation with the European institutions and public institutions."

secunet is a founding member of the ECSO, which was founded in June 2016 under the then EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger as a so-called contractual public-private partnership (cPPP) in the field of cybersecurity in order to promote cooperation between the public and private sectors.

Since the foundation of ECSO secunet has been actively involved in the various measures, executive and working committees of the ECSO, such as the start-up event series "ECSO Cyber Investor Days", as sponsor and promoter of the label "Cybersecurity made in Europe" and in the initiative "Women4Cyber". Axel Deininger was elected to the Board of Directors of ECSO in 2020 and has since officially represented the organization on numerous occasions.

About ECSO:
The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) ASBL is a fully self-financed non-profit organization under Belgian law that was founded in June 2016. ECSO is the privileged partner of the European Commission for the implementation of the public-private partnership on cybersecurity. ECSO brings together the public and private actors involved in European cybersecurity, including large companies, SMEs and start-ups, research centers, universities, end users and operators of critical infrastructures, clusters and associations as well as local, regional and national public administrations in the member states of the European Union (EU), the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and associated countries of the H2020 program.

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