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About the ACDC-Project

Started in February 2013, the European Advanced Cyber Defence Centre (ACDC) aimed to create a community of stakeholders joining forces to fight botnets.

ACDC has been a European pilot project funded under the CIP-PSP programme, with a total cost of 15,5 M€ and funding of 7,7 M€.

The ACDC project ran over 30 months from 01/02/2013 to 31/07/2015. ACDC evolvde beyond the end of the project into a sustainable European centre for cyber defence, building on 8 networked support centres and 1 clearing house deployed during the project and enlarging the cyber-protection scope beyond botnets.

ACDC unites a community of 28 organisations from 14 countries, including Internet Service Providers, CERTs, law enforcement agencies, IT providers, National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), academia and critical infrastructure operators.


One ACDC goal was to deploy an infrastructure of interconnected support centres across European Member States linked to a central ACDC clearing house. The goal of the infrastructure was to provide solutions to users to fight botnets, and to build up through data collection an analysis capability of botnets occurrence and behaviour to also provide early detection of emerging botnets. and their national Antibotnet Advisory centres are a significant result to improve prevention, detection and mitigation of botnets.

End-to-end approach

ACDC provides an end-to-end approach from detection to protection. ACDC will build on the data acquired through its European centre to create prevention strategies and improve the awareness and adoption across users.

Fighting botnets

ACDC aims to take down botnets through the elaboration of an European centre proposing a full set of services. The services are relayed through national support centres.

About eco - Association of the internet industry

eco, with more than 900 member organizations, is the largest Internet industry association in Europe. 

Since 1995, eco has been instrumental in the development of the Internet in Germany, fostering new technologies, infrastructures and markets, and forming framework conditions. In the Competence Network, all important specialists and decision makers of the Internet industry are represented, and current and future Internet themes are driven forward, together with a team of more than 60 staff.

Special eco services help to make the market more transparent for providers and users. Our seal of approval ensures quality standards; our consultations for members and our services for users provide support in questions of legality, security and youth protection.

As an association, one of our most important tasks is to represent the interests of our members in politics, and in national and international committees. As well as our headquarters in Cologne, we have our own office in the German capital Berlin, and are represented at all relevant political decision-making processes in Brussels.

eco is a founding member of EuroISPA, the umbrella organization for European Internet associations, eco also represents the German industry with a seat on the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) at ICANN, and is a driving force behind the Internet Governance Forum – in short: We are shaping the Internet.


Germany has been a pioneer in setting up a national antibot advisory centre. launched back in 2010 as an initiative by the eco, cooperation with the German ISPs and several technology partners, funded by the German ministry of internal affairs. With over 6 Millions.