Cyberwatching.eu is the European observatory of research and innovation in the field of cybersecurity and privacy. Funded under the European Commission’s H2020 programme, this brand-new project will contribute to making the Digital Single Market a safer and more trusted by promoting the uptake and understanding of cutting-edge cybersecurity and privacy services which emerge from Research and Innovation initiatives across Europe. First to benefit are SMEs who will have unlimited access to a marketplace and catalogue of new services that can improve their services and ensure that cybersecurity becomes a unique selling point for them.
In its four-year lifetime, Cyberwatching.eu will also play a key role in policy discussions. In its mission to democratise cybersecurity for all, the project directly responds to the objectives of the recently signed contractual Public-Private Partnership on cybersecurity (c-PPP) which has ambition of becoming the reference framework for the R&I initiatives, both Nationally and across Europe.
www.cyberwatching.eu, will become the online hub for R&I in cybersecurity & privacy in Europe offering European citizens access to innovative and trustworthy ICT products, services and software which take fundamental rights, such as privacy, into consideration.
The COuRAGE (Cybercrime and cyberterrOrism (E)UropeanResearch AGEnda ) consortium delivered a measured, comprehensive, relevant research agenda for Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism (CC/CT) guided by the knowledge and experience of the highly experienced and exceptionally qualified consortium (16 partners, 11 countries) and Advisory Board members (14 organisations including EUROPOL, JRC and ERA). This Research Agenda identified the major challenges, revealed research gaps, and identified and recommend detailed practical research approaches to address these gaps through strategies that are aligned to real-world needs. These strategies are supported by complex test and evaluation schemes. The purpose of COuRAGE was to significantly improve the security of citizens and critical infrastructures and support crime investigators.
The COuRAGE approach was built upon three pillars, namely:
1) a user centric methodology to identify gaps, challenges and barriers based on real-world needs and experiences;
2) an analytical and semantic approach, to deliver a taxonomy creating a common understanding of the subject with all stakeholders; and,
3) a competitive and market oriented approach, to foster practical implementations of counter-measures using effective test and validation solutions.
COuRAGE obtained accurate, robust and validated user requirements which were reflected on the research agenda and improved the participation of citizens in the sharing of information and by sustained focus against cyber criminals and cyber-terrorist activities. This agenda was elaborated through a progressive and collaborative approach, consolidating contributions from the legislative, law enforcement, research and industrial communities represented by the COuRAGE consortium and the COuRAGE advisory board.
Cyber security is a growing concern worldwide with cloud computing, smart grids, social networks, and Voice over IP telephony as key target domains. Europe’s interests, sensitivities, and commitment to liberal values in Cyber security and privacy are not necessarily aligned to those of other leading world actors. Therefore, leaning back and expecting others to solve the problems is not likely to lead to optimal outcomes for Europe. However, for Europe to move to a pro-active role, it has to exercise its power potential by achieving a sufficient degree of coordination among Member States. In addition, Europe’s ability to influence how Cyber security and privacy issues are handled is also key to the competitiveness of European industries in the field. CAPITAL was built around two pillars:
- coordinate European R&D efforts in the cyber security domain and
- jointly address research and innovation within an Integrated Research & Innovation Agenda.
CAPITAL is a strong consortium gathering nine representatives from leading Industries and Research Organisations, well positioned, in terms of networking, expertise and market outreach – in the cyber security domain. CAPITAL further complements the CYSPA project, which aims at defining an overall strategy and creating a community of solution providers, researchers and end-users to enable the industrial community to protect itself from cyber-disruptions and support the European elaboration of regulations to enhance the overall protection level.
EUROSKY is delivering a high impact programme for advanced air-cargo security and facilitation measures to safeguard international supply chains and the security of citizens while fostering international co-operation and a broad stakeholder engagement from all segments of the air-cargo industry.
The EUROSKY main outputs are:
1. The EUROSKY Blueprints provide a Europe wide cooperative model for air cargo security and facilitation including Key Performance Indicators.
2. A multi-energy based automated detection and alarm resolution solution to provide faster and more accurate detection of dangerous substances with a reduced false positive rate.
3. The EUROSKY Ecosystem provides a technological infrastructure for electronically connecting air-cargo stakeholders together, amplifying their security capabilities through faster communications, shared scans and intelligence, real-time optimisation, pooled resources and synchronised actions.
4. Provides Integrated Air-cargo Security Solutions including cargo profiling, screening of the identity and intent of the people who had their hands on the container, and integration of detection technologies in supply chain flows with remote monitoring options
5. Six EUROSKY Demonstrators are used across a number of representative operating scenarios characteristic of the air-cargo security sector, covering all aspects of air-cargo security at National and International level and considering access threats, content threats and human error threats, evaluating outputs and to provide data for impact assessment.
Special attention is given in EUROSKY to building improved understanding of prevailing complexities and vulnerabilities and ensuring long term sustainability of project outputs and market take-up based on a Stakeholder Engagement Strategy emphasising international co-operation both to promote harmonisation in regulations and in supporting further development and implementation of international standards.
CORE consolidates, amplifies, extends and demonstrates EU knowledge and capabilities and international co-operation for securing supply chains whilst maintaining or improving business performance, with specific reference to key Supply Chain Corridors.
CORE is driven by the requirements of:
1) the Customs, law enforcement authorities, and other agencies nationally and internationally to increase effectiveness of security & trade compliance, without increasing the transaction costs for business and to increase co-operative security risk management (supervision & control);
2) the business communities, specifically shippers, forwarders, terminal operators, carriers and financial stakeholders to integrate compliance and trade facilitation concepts like green lanes and pre-clearance with supply chain visibility and optimisation.
CORE consolidates solutions developed in Reference Projects in each supply chain sector (port, container, air, post). Implementation-driven R&D has been undertaken and designed to discover gaps and practical problems and to develop capabilities and solutions that could deliver sizable and sustainable progress in supply chain security across all EU Member States and on a global scale.
SAFEPOST aims to raise the current level of postal security by integrating innovative screening solutions suitable for uninterrupted flow of the enormous volumes of parcels and letters with operational postal processes and the criminal and customs intelligence work in a European wide cooperative distributed model.
Starting from the perspective of the partner postal operations, the project first identified the main security threats and threat actors and the main security gaps in postal operations. Secondly, it described security measures and process improvements to maintain or augment the efficient and secure operation of postal services to address the identified threats.
After making an inventory of security gaps these were developed into generic postal security models which were integrated into a Postal Security Target Operating Model, which enabled postal operators, customs and other relevant actors to understand how to securely exchange information related not only to security but also to the optimisation of postal flows. To support the Postal Security Target Operating Model, a Postal Security Platform was developed that assisted in extending the current MEDICI effort, and exploited developments made in FP7 projects on e-Freight and secure supply chains. SAFEPOST extended the concept of its Postal Security Target Operating Model proposing a ‘Common Postal Security Space’ with a view to create in the future a European/World Postal Security standard security information sharing system.
CONTAIN specified and demonstrated a European Shipping Containers Surveillance system encompassing regulatory, policy and standardisation recommendations, new business models and advanced container security management capabilities.
CONTAIN did the following:
1. Supported transport security stakeholders in managing container security threats as part of an integrated approach to the management of transportation networks;
2. Provided a coherent set of technology options for screening and scanning plus container-integrated sensor, communication and security technologies to monitor container movements and security related parameters in real time;
3. Enabled ports to establish upgraded port container security processes and provide information feeds to port community systems and national and European security databases;
4. Provided information gathering, validation, fusion and situation awareness services to establish dependable near real time ‘corridor container traffic maps’ and their integration into a EU Container Traffic Map for use by organisations and systems established to promote and implement an integrated EU surveillance policy;
5. Assisted policy makers at national and EU level to benchmark container security performance and formulate improvement policies.
The project has:
1. Worked actively on standardisation activities as a key enabler of cost effective solutions for shipping containers security with the ultimate goal to progress towards a single international shipping containers security standard.
2. Built on outputs from ongoing FP7 projects on security, freight transport and ICT and efforts to establish integration facilities between security agencies such as FRONTEX and EMSA and EU Platforms such as e-Customs and SafeSeaNet.
3. Demonstrated Secure Multimodal Corridor Design and Chain Monitoring & Control across international and European corridors at Interporto Bologna, Rotterdam /Amsterdam and Valencia.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Long Term Agreement (LTA) for the Provision of Investigation Services
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Extension of the WFP/CONCEPTIVITY Long Term Agreement (LTA) for the Provision of Investigation Services to the FAO
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