RHEA to invest €20 million in new cybersecurity center in Ardennes

The cybersecurity engineering firm RHEA is going to invest about €20 million into a new cybersecurity center in Ardennes, which is nearby from the European Space Agency’s Galaxia education center, as per the reports shared by the company.

According to the sources, this is going to be one of the most significant investments in cybersecurity in Belgium, which is with a total equity investment of €20 million, the company hopes that the center will be operational by the end of 2023.

The “European Cybersecurity Center of Excellence,” which is being developed alongside the Belgian project development firm IDELUX, will b used to improve the design, operation, as well as use of the IT systems and critical infrastructure by European commercial and institutional organizations.

Moreover, the center has mentioned that they will work closely with the ESA’s recently opened Cyber Safety as well as Security Operations Center (C-SOC) and Security Cyber Centre of Excellence.

In January, the government of Belgium has made the announcement of the plans to spend over €110 million in order to beef up the cybersecurity of the country.

Along with this, in the month of December, the Defense Ministry of Belgium’s computer network was knocked out for weeks by a cyber attack, as well as forced staff to use easily decrypted channels for classified communications.

The CEO of the RHEA group named, André Sincennes, shared the information that the new project would “initiate a new wave of activities in Belgium and Europe to address all cybersecurity challenges from one place.”

Furthermore, the complex, which will span more than 3,300 meters squared, which will bring more than 100 jobs to the Belgian economy as well as contain highly secured classified wings for defense and secret government organizations.


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