(VELINO) Roma, 14 Jul - The opportunities for scientificcooperation between the EU and the U.S. in research in thefield of cyber security was the central theme of a recentlycompleted seminar organised by the Italian Embassy inWashington. The aim of the initiative was to bring EU and U.S.experts and engineers together to pave the way for jointinitiatives in areas of mutual interest in cyber securityresearch. To this end, the speakers presented an overview oftheir respective strategic priorities and programmaticactivities, so that each party could gain a more detailed andspecific picture of national funding programmes and mechanismsrelated to their operation. The seminar was promoted by theSERIT (Security Research in Italy) technological platform,whose representatives outlined the main advantages of financingjoint U.S.-EU research projects in the context of H2020 (EUHorizon 2020 research and innovation framework programme).SERIT, which includes more than 300 organisations that dealwith information security, is a joint initiative launched bythe National Research Council (CNR) and Finmeccanica group. Theaim of the public-private partnership is to bring together thestakeholders in the Italian system, including industry,universities, public institutions, and individual users, topromote and develop a national research agency concerned withtechnological progress in all areas and that follows thehighest security standards. The seminar was attended by - amongothers - Douglas Maughan, Director of the Cyber SecurityDivision at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS),Andrea Glorioso, adviser for the Digital Economy at theEuropean delegation in the U.S., Jon Boyens, InformationSecurity Adviser at the National Institute of Standards andTechnology (NIST), and Professor Luigi Romano, Chairman ofSERIT's Working Group on Cyber Security and Professor ofEngineering at the University of Naples "Parthenope". vel.