Todor Tagarev, Bríd Á. Davis

Published in

Multimedia Communications, Services and Security. MCSS 2020, edited by Andrzej DziechWim MeesAndrzej Czyżewski, Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol. 1284 (Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2020), 37-50


cybersecurity, collaborative networked organisation, business model, governance requirements, governance model, ECHO project

Open Access



The increasing reliance of economy, society and state on cyberspace and proliferating cyber risks require not only technologies and qualified workforce, but also innovative organisational solutions. The European Union sees one such solution in the establishment of a network of cybersecurity competence centres. In the past two decades, the creation of collaborative networked organisations in other fields has proven its utility in sharing knowledge, resources and risk to exploit quickly emerging market opportunities. The major challenge in creating networked organisations is to provide long-term, effective collaboration through adequate governance and management.

To support the elaboration of a solid governance model of a cybersecurity competence network in a Horizon 2020 research project, this paper presents the results of a study of 92 existing network organisations active in cybersecurity and closely related fields. It outlines the implemented methodological approach, the identification of two main types of business models depending on funding streams and degree of coordination among partners, a prioritised list of governance requirements, and prevailing governance models depending on member representation on senior governance bodies and decision-making principles.