Calling all EU science and technology community to respond and provide any technological and service means that can strengthen EU Eastern Region security organizations

Ukraine is attacked by Russia. War is developing and threatening democratic and free world. We all are facing global crisis and regional escalation and we need to resist and help with all possible means to counter it.

Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research & Education L3CE (Lithuania) have received the request from security practitioners’ organizations to assist in all possible means with EU technological solutions:

Due to globalization and the rapid development of information technology, most countries in the World are connected to a global virtual network where, compared to the physical environment, protected borders are virtually non-existent.

The alternative reality created through 5th domain can mislead nations societies and have devastating consequences, from economic loss to the destruction of the future of democracies through elections, political and public decision-making processes interference. As a result, cybercriminals, terrorists and autocratic regimes make extensive use of the cyber environment for economic, ideological and political purposes.

Everybody agrees that on 24th of February 2022 the World security and international legal ecosystem began transformation. Nobody knows how and when it ends, but we know for sure, that everybody who follows and want to continue with Western values, needs to be aware of what is happening like never before…”

Security organizations fighting hostile communication, Cyber and Information Operations to defend Western values such as transparency, freedom of speech and most importantly – societies will to resist and protect.

“…During the defence of NATO/EU Eastern flank, meets adversarial influence challenges due to adversary’s capacity and ability to exploit information environment for society’s perception, opinion and behavior targeting.”

We are calling all EU science and technology community to respond and provide with any technological and service means that can strengthen EU Eastern region security organizations. We are in the contact with local governmental, LEA, security, and defence agencies, practitioners and ready to facilitate secure and confidential contact.

L3CE will facilitate the exchange of capabilities with regional partners in Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Poland.

Some of the international RTO organizations has already provided access to their technologies to national security organizations – we are grateful for them.

Let’s do all what we can to stop this war, shield our cyber and information space and resist to cyber and information terror.

Please respond to the coordination email: ukraine_crisis_support@l3ce.eu

With hope,

L3CE team

SecurIT Open Call Webinar & Matchmaking Session #2

17 March 2022 – 10:30 CET & 13:30 CET

SecurIT Open Call #1 is open to Consortia of at least 2 SMEs until 26 April 2022. Are you looking for a partner whom you can develop a digital solution for Security with? The Team Systematic organises a 2nd online matchmaking session, preceded by an information webinar in the morning.

Information webinar – 10:30 CET

Presentation of the SecurIT project – everything you need to know about Open Call #1!

Language: English
Schedule: 17 March 2022 – 10:30 CET
Place: Online

Register to Info Webinar – Morning session

Matchmaking session – 13:30 CET

Meet your partner(s)!

Create a profile showing your expertise, the solution you are developing and your needs in terms of partner

Identify and request individual meetings with potential partners thanks to our dedicated platform.

Each meeting will last 20 min maximum.

Language: English
Schedule: 17 March 2022 – 13:30 CET
Place: Online matchmaking platform

NB To optimise your meetings and obtain good matches, we advise you to register and create your profile from now on, and to schedule your meetings at least 1 week before the start of the session. Note that the appointment making will be closed 24 hours before the beginning of the matchmaking session.

Register to Matchmaking – Afternoon session

Discover the Open Call #1 Challenges
Challenges page
Download SecurIT detailed list of Challenges and application examples
Open Call Page

SecurIT Open Call Webinar & Matchmaking Session #1

17 February 2022 – 10:30 CET & 13:30 CET

SecurIT Open Call #1 is eligible for consortia of at least 2 European SMEs. Are you looking for a partner whom you can develop a digital solution for Security with? The Team Systematic organises the first matchmaking session over an online platform, preceded by an information webinar in the morning.

Agenda:
10:30 CET Information webinar
Presentation of the SecurIT project – learn everything you need about Open Call #1l!
13:30 CET Matchmaking session
Meet your partner(s)!
* Create a profile showing your expertise, the solution you are developing and your needs in terms of partner
* Identify and request individual meetings with potential partners thanks to our dedicated platform.
* Each meeting will last 20 min maximum.


Language: English
Schedule: 17 February 2022 – 10:30 CET & 13:30 CET
Place: Online


Register to Info Webinar – Morning session
Register to Matchmaking – Afternoon session

Discover the Open Call #1 Challenges
Challenges page
Download SecurIT detailed list of Challenges and application examples
Open Call Page

A new era is starting for Safe, Secure and Resilient Smart Cities and Territories.SecurIT is launching the first Open Call

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And there it comes SecurIT: New industrial value chain for Safe, Secure and Resilient Cities and Territories is an EU-funded project aiming to create a new global competitive security industry (product & service) by supporting a better integration of innovative security systems.

SecurIT’s ambitious goal is to address multiple key gaps by supporting the development and the integration of innovative security solutions.

In a new global competitive industrial & service value chain SecurIT shall identify future security solutions needs and use cases related to specific test beds by selecting and supporting up to 21 new project solutions that will develop new and innovative prototypes. We are looking for consortia composed of at least 2 SMEs, Member State of the European Union or Associated countries of H2020, where at least one of the SME should be a technology/IT solution provider.

SecurIT aims to focus on increasing the security of current applications, services and infrastructures by integrating state-of-the-art security solutions or processes, supporting the creation of lead markets & market incentives in Europe.

Following an end-user driven approach, SecuriT will be facing three different challenges:

#Domain 1 Sensitive infrastructure protection: The security of sensitive sites is a major concern, confirmed by recent events, in a context of social unrest, terrorist threats and even a pandemic

#Domain 2 Disaster Resilience: Need of instruments for better prevention and preparedness, technologies for first and second responders and where relevant for citizens, and overall societal resilience.

#Domain 3 Public spaces protection-major events: A more connected city, integrating Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing and Big Data, where the population takes on a more active role in serving the community.

From the 25th of January 2022 at 13:00 CET (Brussels Time) until the deadline: 26 April 2022 at 17:00 CEST (Brussels Time) SecurIT will run the open call to select and support up to 21 projects aiming to develop new prototypes or demonstrators in the security and cybersecurity domain.

Find out more about the application process, the requirements and the benefits you will get, visit the official Open Call page: https://bit.ly/3ApQInW

In order to gather more informations about the application process, the eligibility criteria and the selection process, you are invited to join our First Webinar.

When? 8th of February 2022, at 12PM CET

During the session with specialists, there will be perovided some relevant information:

  • A complete overview of the project
  • A detailed explanation of the selection process
  • Q&A time with our specialists

If your peropposal is selected, you will receive a fixed lump sum of:

  • Up to €74.000 per project (with a maximum up to €60.000 per SME under Prototyping Instrument, including Jury Day mini-grant),
  • Up to €88.000 per project (with a maximum up to €60.000 per SME under Demonstration Instrument, including Jury Day mini-grant).

Also, during the Webinar up to 10 participants will be allowed to give 3 minutes pitch of their project idea in order to find a partner.

If you would like to pitch, please send us your 1-slide ppt in advance, before 7 February, 12:00 CET at info.securit@fundingbox.com

Do not miss this opportunity to learn more about SecurIT

Make sure you have a reserved spot. Register here 👉 https://bit.ly/3mVgElx

👉 Visit the Open Call page https://bit.ly/3ml9qag

SecurIT Open Call Team hopes to meet you soon!

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101005292

SecurIT Open Call Launch Event (English)

December 21st 2021 13:00 – 14:00 CET

L3CE together with its partners SAFE, LSEC, SCS and SYTEMATIC (FR), CenSec (DK) and HSD (NL), launches the European project SecurIT

During a webinar on December 21st, you’re welcome to be informed about the funding opportunities for Small and Medium Security-related Enterprises in Europe. 

The project is financing 3.5 million EUR from the European Commission to innovative CyberSecurity solutions, which can be tested and validated with potential large enterprise or public authorities end users. Two types of projects will be funded:

  • Solution Prototype – 74 000 EUR and
  • Solution Demostrator – 88 000 EUR. 

During the webinar, we will explain how this financing will be organized, how to prepare and apply in January 2022 and how to deal with open call requirements. 

Early January, the SecurIT partners will organize a matchmaking event, in order for Security Innovator SMEs to meet up with potential end users. 

The SecurIT project is financed by the European Commission under the H2020-Innosup program that aims to support and finance the development of collaborative innovative projects by European SMEs, allowing to prototype, experiment and validate the security solutions. It aims to innovate security solutions from the security, ethical, legal and societal backgrounds. 

The project runs for 3 years and has been structured that it will organize 2 Open Calls, of which the first will be opened on 25th of January 2022 and will be open for 3 months. 

The objective of the info session on December 21 is to ensure that SMEs can start timely preparing for their application, to initiate the internal process and reach out to potential innovation partners and end-users in order to increase chances to success.  

Link to the webinar video (EN)

Download slides of the event

More about the SecurIT available here

For more information about the event please contact ruta@l3ce.eu

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101005292

Launch of EU-funded project STARLIGHT

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STARLIGHT, an innovation project backed by the European union that aims enhance the EU’s strategic autonomy in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) for law enforcement agencies (LEAs), started the 1st of October 2021.

The launch of STARLIGHT (Sustainable Autonomy and Resilience for LEAs using AI against High priority Threats) was officially marked the 6th and 7th October 2021 at a kick-off meeting held in Paris, France.

STARLIGHT is a four-year collaborative innovation project coordinated by CEA (The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) that aims to improve the widespread understanding of legal and ethical usage of AI across law enforcement agencies, reinforcing their investigative and cybersecurity operations and helping them to combat the misuse of AI-supported crime and terrorism.

For the next four years, 52 partners representing 18 European countries, including 15 LEAs from 13 countries, will be working together to develop a new sustainable community. They will build a cohesive and strategic landscape that delivers interoperable and trustworthy AI solutions that uphold ethical and societal values to tackle high priority threats for all LEAs across Europe.

The partners designed STARLIGHT to build capabilities and capacities in AI within LEAs, but also within research and industry organizations who support LEAs.

“Our main goal is to enhance the EU’s strategic autonomy in the field of AI for LEAs. To do so, we will create more effective and efficient collaboration channels between EU Agencies, LEA, research organizations, small and medium enterprises and other business actors. Thus, we will improve the global European response to criminal threats and contribute to the establishment of a strong EU AI-based security industry” says Dr Nizar Touleimat, from CEA.

The main outcomes expected from this ambitious project are:

  • • the improvement and enrichment of LEAs’ knowledge and awareness of how AI can reinforce their operational and cybersecurity capabilities, • the development of a cybersecurity strategy and of the associated effective measures to proactively protect AI LEA solutions against cyber threats (including provision for trustworthy AI), • the delivery of a framework as environment for multi-stakeholder, collaborative AI analytics, • and the creation of the European AI hub for LEAs as the centre of gravity for the European AI for LEA vision.
  • STARLIGHT has a duration of 48 months, starting from the 1st of October 2021, and a total budget of 18.8 million euros, of which 17.0 million euros funded by the European Union
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For more information about the STARLIGHT project:

Contact: starlight@cea.fr

https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101021797 or

@Starlight_H2020 on Twitter.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101021797

Invitation to “SPARTA Partnership Program for Baltic Sea Region Stakeholders” event

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The SPARTA pilot (www.sparta.eu) established a Cybersecurity Competence Network aiming to encourage collaboration between research teams, across geographies, disciplines and organizations – spanning through academic, industrial, institutional and grassroots cybersecurity. Two major artifacts will serve as pivotal elements: an ambitious and continuously evolving Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap, and an advanced Joint Competence Center Infrastructure gathering a set of diverse platforms.
The objective of the SPARTA is to establish unparalleled traction with European, national and regional ecosystems, relaying concrete requirements, disruptive ideas and novel results through multi-level and cross-network actions and events.
On the 25th of November SPARTA is organizing the event entitled “SPARTA Partnership Program for Baltic Sea Region Stakeholders” aimed to discuss with policymakers, academics and foremost small and medium-sized companies needs and challenges of Baltic Sea region, scan other EU regions for solutions and propose new ideas dedicated to experience, knowledge, skills and long-lasting partnerships.
As we do, we will duplicate the success of other clusters and demonstrate how SPARTA partnership program can be designed to overcome the barriers that single players face in Cybersecurity market.
We would be pleased if you could join us virtually on the 25th of November 13:00-16:00 CET. The agenda of the event can be found here.
If you are interested to participate, please fill the registration form till 15th of November here >>>.
The link to join the event in MS Teams platform will be shared with registered participants before the event.
Do not hesitate to contact us for any information you may need about the SPARTA pilot and upcoming event.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 830892.

The SecurIT project has kicked off!

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On 14th of September, the SecurIT project kicked off during a hybrid meeting in France, hosted by the coordinator Safe Cluster in Aix en Provence.

SecurIT is a European project funded under the H2020 Innosup programme, aiming at supporting and co-financing the development of collaborative projects allowing prototyping and experimentation of top-notch technological solutions in the field of Security, with respect of the nowadays ethics, legal, and social challenges.

2 open calls for collaborative projects will be launched within the project duration – the first one in early 2022 – through which 63 best-in-class innovative projects developed by 126 SMEs across Europe will be granted. For the 2 calls, EUR 3 521 000 funding in total is available.

The project is structured in three major axes:

  • Demand analyses (new use cases identification) on the security market, with integrators and end users (including industrial players, public authorities, and managers of critical infrastructures);
  • Identification of technological solutions in Europe (solutions and services for digital and physical security);
  • Matchmaking activities will be proposed by the European clusters of the project consortium, including HSD, to facilitate the consortium building for the applications to the 2 Open Calls that will be launched by SecurIT.

The project consortium is composed of 8 partners from 6 countries of which 7 clusters:

The project partners will engage their respective ecosystems and partners to identify their core needs regarding physical and digital security, and define the open call challenges, in order to select quality projects answering the real market needs. Workshops will be organised in this respect in Autumn 2021.

More information:

Project website (release end November 2021): http://www.securit-project.eu

LinkedIn: securit-project 

Twitter: @SecurIT20

Facebook: @SecurITproject

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101005292

GRACE Newsletter – June 2021

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Welcome to the very first edition of the GRACE newsletter! 

Read all about the important work of the project and its fantastic progress within the first year.

Don’t miss out on future GRACE newsletters, email us at grace-fct@shu.ac.uk to subscribe!

GRACE Newsletter – June 2021

SPARTA Data Sharing Infrastructure

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Data sharing is one of the key aspects of building a comprehensive cybersecurity concept within the T-SHARK programme. Shared cyber incident-related data, extracted using different technological tools; structured contextual information from different sources makes it possible to connect separate events, better understand targets and build situation awareness in the whole ecosystem. 

The specially developed SPARTA Data Sharing infrastructure consists of the integration of two main existing sharing platforms: the “MISP Threat Sharing’’ systems and the “C3ISP Collaborative and Confidential Information Sharing and Analysis for Cyber Protection’’ system. The main frontend of the SPARTA Data Sharing Infrastructure will be represented by the MISP data-sharing platform because the MISP graphical user interface offers a wide number of functionalities to help users in their searches and analysis and, at the same time, it is very easy and intuitive to be used. Secondly, the data format used to represent events of interest in MISP allows users to efficiently represent even complex events, which include several objects and also attributes. Some data that needs to be stored in the SPARTA data-sharing infrastructure could be critical, sensitive, or require more advanced protection. To meet such advanced security requirements, these data will be stored on the C3ISP data-sharing platform, which provides advanced data protection support. The MISP platform, however, stores a sanitized version of such critical data, where the fields to be protected have been removed or anonymized, while the C3ISP platform stores the corresponding original data, protecting it by enforcing a proper privacy policy.

Such integration and partial automation provide new ways of data sharing and the value of such a solution is piloted in the T-SHARK programme to be demonstrated at the final stages of the SPARTA project. 

The solution addresses one of the fundamental challenges of the EU cybersecurity ecosystem, having a diverse multi-stakeholders community (differ with mandates, functional scope, the geography of operations, size, area of expertise) it is highly difficult to address complex international incidents in a timely, well-coordinated and efficient manner. SPARTA Cybersecurity Incidents and Investigation Data Sharing infrastructure provide one of the cornerstone components. It enables a trusted way to exchange different elements in a controlled way including:

· raw data;

· information on cybersecurity incidents;

· investigative processes outputs;

· ML and AI algorithms;

· analysis products;

· supplementary data and relationship between different entities.

Having this information shared and made available among EU MS cybersecurity actors in a controlled way enables collaborative cross-border investigations and analysis of complex and high-risk cybersecurity threats. By exploiting and developing further it can become a significant component of future European Cybersecurity Network and a Competence Centre collaborative infrastructure.

More information: https://sparta.eu/news/2021-06-24-sparta-data-sharing-infrastructure.html