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2 million for UT cybersecurity project

A major research project ('CATRIN') on cybersecurity was recently honored by the Dutch science funding agency NWO with about 2 million euros. UT researcher Ralph Holz is the project leader.

Research into the governance aspects of cyber security focuses on the entire knowledge chain in which all science domains, vital infrastructures and liability regimes are involved. This includes research into legislation and into (international) standards, and norms for a more secure cyberspace.


The goal of Holz' project CATRIN is to startup the Responsible Internet, a novel security-by-design concept and extension to the Internet that enables higher levels of trust and sovereignty. It turns the Internet infrastructure from a black box into 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.

In addition to Holz, more UT researchers are collaborating on the project: Abhishta Abhishta, Cristian Hesselman, Mattijs Jonker, Bart Nieuwenhuis, Aiko Pras and Anna Sperotto.

Integral approach

The NWO-programme contributes to the objective of the Dutch Digitalisation Strategy, which formulates the ambitions and objectives for a successful digital transition in the Netherlands. The need for a secure cyberspace in a progressively digitalising world has become increasingly clear, and inclusion, security and the protection of privacy play an important role in this.
The aim is to realise a reliable, future-proof cyber security by focusing on governance research and targeted research for the secure and reliable sharing of data. Research projects awarded funding in the area of governance and specifically for cryptologic research, will contribute to the above stated integral approach.

Partners in consortium

University of Twente, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Amsterdam, TU Delft, Waag Society, NLnet Labs.

Collaborating partners

University of Duisburg-Essen, 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, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Telefonica Research, SIDN, KPN, TRIMM, SURF.

J.C. Vreeman (Jochem)
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