ECRYPT (European Network of Excellence for Cryptology)
is a 4-year European
research initiative launched on 1 February
The stated objective is to, "intensify the collaboration of European researchers in information security, and more in particular in cryptology and digital watermarking.
ECRYPT list five core research areas, termed "virtual laboratories": symmetric key algorithms (STVL), public key algorithms (AZTEC), protocol (PROVILAB), secure and efficient implementations (VAMPIRE) and watermarking (WAVILA).