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NWO subsidies for cybersecurity projects

Three cybersecurity consortia that Leiden University is part of have been awarded subsidies of over a million euros by NWO. Leiden is the coordinator for two of the projects.

NWO has awarded a total of ten million euros to five 'knowledge chain-wide' transdisciplinary consortia in the field of cybersecurity. The three projects in which Leiden University is involved are: 

Securing software systems (principal researcher: Els de Busser - Institute of Security and Global Affairs)


Cyber Security by Integrated Design (C-SIDe)
Safeguarding the security of software systems is crucial in our digitally connected society. Security is made up of a combination of technical and non-technical factors. It is smarter and more cost-effective to be ahead of problems and to resolve them in the design phase of a system. C-SIDe has developed the integrated approach of Security-by-Design. The methodology enables organisations to gain a broader view of the security of their products and to create novel secure technologies.

  • Consortium: Leiden University, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, NCSC, Ministry of Justice and Security
  • Collaborating partners: SURFSara, National eHealth Living Lab, Leiden University Medical Center
  • Subsidy awarded: ca. 1.45 million euros

Read more about this project.

Protection mechanisms for the Internet of Things (principal researcher: Nele Mentens - Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science)


PROACT - Physical Attack Resistance of Cryptographic Algorithms and Circuits with Reduced Time to Market
Modern societies are connected via electronic and mobile devices that we call the  Internet of Things (IoT). If proper protection mechanisms are not in place, there is a real risk of breaches of privacy and financial damage. The aim of PROACT is to design new algorithms and silicon chips with built-in protection mechanisms to combat physical attacks, and to develop new simulation and evaluation techniques for physical protection. PROACT will contribute to raising the level of security of our personal and business-sensitive data. 

  • Consortium: Leiden University, Radboud University, Delft University of Technology, Fontys, Riscure
  • Collaborating partners: Signify, Intrinsic D, Neurasmus, DSP Valley, Rambus, NTU Singapore, HTX Singapore, Cadence UK
  • Subsidy awarded: ca. 1.8 million euros

Towards a security-by-design concept 


Controllable, Accountable, Transparent: the Responsible Internet (CATRIN)
The goal of CATRIN is to launch the Responsible Internet, a new security-by-design concept and extension to the internet that enables a higher level of trust and sovereignty. It changes the internet infrastructure from a black box to a 'glass box'.  The Responsible Internet addresses the problem of Digital Sovereignty. CATRIN integrates technology, economics and policy research to deliver a first operational, multi-operator Responsible Internet.

  • Principal researcher on behalf of the consortium: Dr R. (Ralph) Holz (University of Twente)
  • Consortium: University of Twente, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Techology, Waag Society, NLnet Labs, Leiden University, SIDN, KPN, TRIMM, SURFnet
  • Collaborating partners: Duisburg-Essen University, University of Oxford, RENCI, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Kentucky, ESnet/LBNL, University of Kentucky, University of Chicago, George Mason University, Ciena, CTO Group, CAIDA, University of California, Universit√§t der Bundeswehr M√ľnchen, Telefonica Research
  • Subsidy awarded: ca. 2.0 million euros

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