September 28, 2017

Finland and the US launch joint cyber research

Finland's cyber security expertise received praise from President Trump during President Niinistö's state visit in Washington on 28 August.
Finland's cyber security expertise received praise from President Trump during President Niinistö's state visit in Washington on 28 August.
Antti Aimo-Koivisto / the Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

Focussing on cyber security, research collaboration between Finland and the US will be housed at a new Cyber Research Institute being founded in Oulu and the US National Science Foundation’s ‘Industry University Cooperative Research Center’ programme. 

The collaboration follows the success of the DIMECC hightech ecosystem’s Cyber Trust Program, where cutting edge tech companies such as Bittium, F-Secure and Nokia, together with Finnish universities and research institutes, have developed technological solutions to improve cyber security.

The Cyber Trust Program was initiated with the Finnish National Cyber Strategy in 2015 and was funded by Tekes. The new co-operation agreement with the US was signed this week and the research collaboration will also be financed by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

“We’re proud that DIMECC has contributed to launching this internationally hugely important cyber research co-operation between Finland and the United Stated,” says DIMECC CEO Harri Kulmala. “This is a model example of what can be accomplished with the most effective innovation platform in Europe, when also public funding is brought in to boost co-operation between our cutting-edge companies and top universities.”

The new ‘Cyber Security and Software Engineering Research Site’, to be founded in connection with Oulu University, will be open to all Finnish universities and research institutions and operate as part of the Security and Software Engineering Research Center (S2ERC) in the US.

The co-operation between the two countries comes at a time when cyber attacks are increasing rapidly – billions are estimated to take place every second – with a financial toll in the hundreds of billions of euros every year.

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