POLICY BRIEF: Regional innovation centres and their role in dealing with cyber disruption

Policy Brief_Regional innovation centres and their role in dealing with cyber disruptionThe specific character of the cybersecurity market renders regional ecosystems bringing together academia and the representatives of business and the public sector a major global source of innovative products and services that secure growing digitization. On 10 October 2017, during the 3rd European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC in Krakow, the Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems Partnership in Innovation and Cybersecurity (Global EPIC) was inaugurated, comprising 13 regional innovation centres operating in 9 countries. One of the signatory institutions was the Kosciuszko Institute, which for over two years has been developing the CYBERSEC HUB project animating the cooperation between cybersecurity stakeholders from the Malopolska region in order to strengthen the innovative potential of the region in this area.

Poland is very much at the beginning of the road to comprehensive and regional cooperation combining academic, governmental and private components. It therefore needs to draw on the experience of centres with more mature and complex structures. In order to make it possible, at the CYBERSEC Forum 2017 a meeting was held between the representatives of the world’s leading cybersecurity innovation centres who shared best practices on how to create robust, well-functioning and innovative centres that effectively leverage the potential of their regions.

The Kosciuszko Institute’s Policy Brief describes the specificity of functioning of five regional centres from various corners of the world that initiated Global EPIC. It also portrays Polish experiences and economic conditions, indicating the role of this type of cooperation in stimulating Poland’s economic growth and therefore the relevance for the accumulation of potential by regions in the form of Digital Innovation Centres.

The publication is part of the project “CYBERSEC HUB – cooperation for innovation and cybersecurity”, co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

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Public task co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland under the Public Diplomacy 2017 competition and the component „The civil and municipal dimension of Poland’s foreign policy 2017”.
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