The results include the development of new, dedicated cybersecurity software toolkits, validated in real-world pilot projects.
As part of the project, more than 100 prominent individuals in the field of information security were recruited across ASEAN as "project Ambassador" to spread information about the developed solutions.
The YAKHSA project is aimed to enhance cybersecurity readiness of its users in EU and ASEAN, to prevent cyber-attacks, reduce cyber risks and improve the governance of the cybersecurity process. YAKSHA, whose results were published in March 2021, ran from January 2018 to December 2020 and was co-funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.
YAKSHA is part of a joint commitment by EU and ASEAN to improve cybersecurity as set out in the Ministerial ASEAN-EU Statement on Cybersecurity Cooperation adopted in August 2019.
Concretely, YAKSHA developed cybersecurity software solutions validated in real-world pilot projects in the EU and ASEAN. The pilots were tested by end-users with articulated cybersecurity risks, allowing the project consortium to gather feedback to further improve existing software solutions for subsequent market launch. Despite the challenges brought by the global covid-19 pandemic, the team managed to overcome the difficulties and successfully deployed the software solutions in various countries such as Greece, Vietnam and Malaysia.
"Cyber security is a global challenge and it requires global commitment. Projects like YAKSHA can help the EU and ASEAN to develop common solutions thanks to the involvement of end users from early stages. I am looking forward to seeing the YAKSHA Ambassadors continuing to promote this work," said Igor Driesmans, EU Ambassador to ASEAN, in a press release on Tuesday.
The YAKSHA’s solutions will be commercialised after the project conclusion.