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From left to right: USTDA Country Manager Scott Greenip, Commercial Counselor Jim Cunningham, Minister for Information Society Alexandru Răzvan Cotovelea, Director General for CERT-RO Augustin Jianu (Photo: Ana-Maria Manda/U.S. Embassy)

The U.S. Commercial Service is pleased to announce that, in its continuing support for the Government of Romania, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to CERT-RO, Romania’s national computer security incident response team, for a feasibility study to develop a cyber security innovation center in Romania.

“This project is a priority for the Ministry for Information Society and CERT-RO due to its potential to improve cyber security in Romania,” said U.S. Chargé d'affaires Mr. Duane C. Butcher. “We are pleased to support the utilization of U.S. cyber security technologies to strengthen Romania’s network.”

The USTDA grant will allow CERT-RO to determine the economic, technical and financial feasibility of implementing a cyber security innovation center that can enable effective exploration and delivery of cyber security technologies to Romania’s government, industry and citizens. The center will allow the assessment of proposed technologies to ensure appropriateness and effectiveness; cyber security education and training for public and private sector officials; identification of cyber security technology needs and updates for CERT-RO, as well as its customers and stakeholders; and matching identified upgrades with proposed technologies.

The project will be led by a team from General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions, Inc. (Bethesda, MD), which will also share in the costs of the feasibility study, in the amount of $400,800, for a total study cost of $800,975.

The grant was signed at the Ministry of Information Society in Bucharest. Present at the grant signing were the Minister for Information Society, Mr. Alexandru Răzvan Cotovelea; Director General for CERT-RO, Mr. Augustin Jianu; U.S. Embassy Commercial Counselor, Mr. Jim Cunningham; and USTDA Country Manager, Mr. Scott Greenip.

For more information, please contact:
Monica Eremia, Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service
Email: monica.eremia@trade.gov