STARLIGHT General Assembly in San Sebastian, March 2023

L3CE, as a coordinator of STARLIGHT co-development cycle dedicated for detection of misinformation, together with Belgium Police, delivered a presentation in the General Assembly of STARLIGHT in San Sebastian (Spain), in the end of March 2023. It discussed the progress that has been made in the development of tools for law enforcement agencies (LEAs) for investigating misinformation crimes.

The co-development cycle is deeply engaging collaborative process that brings together LEAs, technology providers, and other stakeholders to develop tools and solutions that can be used to detect and investigate misinformation. Belgium police reflected on their experience in the co-dev cycle:

  • New experience for police. This model helps to energize and deeply engage police representatives, and provides opportunity for very dynamic and productive work with technology providers.
  • Real-life use case scenarios provided by LEAs are extremely helpful for producing relevant and engaging process. Practical scenarios helped to understand the relevance of the tools and how the tools could be used in practical settings.
  • After several discussions, LEA is capable to make informed decisions selecting best fit technologies that can be used in their work.
  • ELSA (Ethics, Legal, and Social Aspects) play a hugely important role in the work of the police. Co-development cycles provide an opportunity to have in-dept discussion of how specific tools would impact ELSA considerations.

These indications once again confirm that collaborative frameworks have huge potential for innovation uptake. They require preparation and skills to be used, but bring significant benefits in deeper engagement and higher quality of outcomes.

More about STARLIGHT project please read in the project website: https://www.starlight-h2020.eu/.

More about General assembly in San Sebastian: here.

L3CE is also coordinating STARLIGHT task Multi-modal project awareness campaign for LEAs, Public, Civil society and EC services. If you in your professional capacity, or your organization would like to be informed about STARLIGHT progress, or involved in the activities, please contact us at info@l3ce.eu.

E-mail: starlight@cea.fr
Linkedin: starlight_h2020
Twitter: @starlight_h2020

© 2021 STARLIGHT Project

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 101021797

Experts gather to assist in creating Cybersecurity and cybercrime prevention courses

The Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Focus Group meeting on April 17th, hosted as part of the EAGLE project, gathered experts to discuss the development of cybersecurity and cybercrime prevention courses for SMEs in Lithuania. The focus group addressed the key issues and challenges surrounding the development of effective courses.

Read more here.

L3CE expert in ENISA Ad Hoc Working Group on European Cybersecurity Skills Framework

We are happy and proud to announce that in the end of March 2023 L3CE (Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education) expert Edmundas Piesarskas has been appointed as member of ENISA Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) on European Cybersecurity Skills Framework (ECSF) for upcoming 2 years.

The aim of the ENISA (European Agency for Cybersecurity) AHWG on ECSF was to develop the initial well structured European framework for relevant tasks, skills and knowledge required in cybersecurity. Initial results of the ADWH were presented in September 2022. L3CE expert Edmundas Piesarskas was an active member of the group. After the ECSF was well received by different stakeholders, ENISA decided to initiate new AHWG with more focus on active deployment of the Framework. L3CE is also present in the second AHWG, as our representative was appointed again as a member of the group. We are glad that competence present in our organization is recognised by EU level organization and Lithuania is presented in important initiatives shaping EU cybersecurity landscape. Best luck to Edmundas!

Launch of EAGLE project

On the 2-3rd of February, 2023 a project EAGLE aimed at addressing the specific skills gaps faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in EU was launched. The project, called “CovEring the trAining Gap in digital skills for European SMEs manpower” (EAGLE), is designed to help SMEs adapt to the rapidly changing digital landscape and ensure they have the skilled workforce needed to compete and thrive in the global economy.

According to the recent data, more than half of European SMEs lack the digital skills necessary to grow and innovate. This is a significant barrier to success, as digitalization is increasingly becoming a key driver of economic growth and competitiveness.

To address this challenge, the EAGLE project will develop targeted training courses to support to SMEs in closing the gap of existing skills in specific technology areas of:
•Robotics,
•Data analytics and ethical AI,
•Blockchain technology and blockchain in finance,
•Cybercrime, cyberthreats and cybersecurity,
•Intersection of energy and technological systems.

The EAGLE project consortium includes universities, business associations and SME’s. Focus of the project will be on establishing sustainable links between academia and small business representatives, so that academia could respond to the challenges and needs of SME’s. The project is funded by the European Union’s the Digital Europe Programme.

The EAGLE project will enhance existing training courses of consortium members with holistic approach, broader methodological support and enhanced training material and tools. Leveraging existing investments will allow delivery on ambitious timeline. Overall, 6 training courses will be launched based on surveys of SME’s skill needs, thus providing relevant upskilling/reskilling means for the market. They will be promoted on Digital Skills and Jobs Platform. Project will develop a methodology for identification of gaps, designing relevant courses, quality assurance and accreditation. 

Project will extend for 36 months, enrolment to courses will be opened in spring 2024.

FOR INTERESTED PARTIES:

Private persons who are interested in upskilling/reskilling opportunities (job seekers, one’s willing to explore other career paths) please register to receive information on the launch of courses, training opportunities.

Business associations of SME’s, SMEs themselves, please register your interest with the project EAGLE to participate in surveys of needs, enrolling employees to training courses and evaluation process. 

The project aims to facilitate female engagement in aforementioned technology areas. NGO’s and other organizations looking for ways to attracting women to technology sectors. Thus, EAGLE is a  relevant  platform to discuss modalities of collaboration.

Institutions of higher education having interest in developing and delivering courses to address skill gaps of SME’s, please register with EAGLE to participate in development and distribution of training courses.

PROJECT CONSORTIUM:

The EAGLE project is run by consortium from Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Spain, representing Academia, Centers of Excellence, Business Associations and Digital Innovation Hubs and SMEs.

Higher Education Institutions:
•Universidad de Burgos (UBU) (Spain)
•Univerzita Mateja Bela (UMB) (Slovakia)
•Technical University of Ostrava (VSB) (Czech Republic)
•University of Limerick (UL) (Ireland)
•Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Center of Excellence:
Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research & Education (L3CE)

SME:
Vernian RTI (Cyprus)

Business Associations and Digital Innovation Hubs:
•Confederación de Asociaciones Empresariales de Burgos (FAE)
•Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SOPK)
•Skillnet Ireland
•Asociación Digital Innovation Hub Industry 4.0 (DIHBU)

EAGLE has a duration of 36 months, starting from the 1st of January 2023, and a total budget of 2.28 million euros, of which 1.28 million euros funded by the European Union.

More information:

EAGLE website: https://www.projecteagle.eu/ 

Social media: Twitter and LinkedIn

Contact: info@projecteagle.eu

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) under grant agreement No 101100660. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HADEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

SecurIT Open Call #2 Launch on 10 January 2023!

Apply until 14/03/2023, 17:00 CET

Application guidelines and documents HERE

Read more information HERE

APPLY

Registration links to Info Webinars, Matchmaking sessions and other useful information HERE

Invitation to Webinar: SecurIT 2nd Open Call Launch Event

Date, time: 9 January 2023 13:00 – 14:00 CET

L3CE together with European security clusters SAFE, LSEC, SCS, SYSTEMATIC, CenSec and HSD implements SecurIT project aimed to boost innovations in Cybersecurity and strengthen the EU’s capacity to be better prepared and counter more efficiently cyber-threats and incidents.

The project is financing 3.5 million EUR from the European Commission to innovative Cyber Security solutions created by SMEs, which further can be tested and validated with potential integrators or public authorities’ end-users.

SecurIT will select up to 21 projects per Open Call aiming to develop new prototypes or demonstrators with support from SecurIT consortium.

The funding distribution:
– Prototype – 74 000 EUR
– Demonstrator – 88 000 EUR

During the live webinar, we will introduce the Open Call priorities, explain how this financing instrument is organized, how to find potential partners, what are the next milestones and how to prepare a successful application.

More information on SecurIT you can find here.

If you have any questions, 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

Child sexual abuse: new guidelines for first responders

The exponential growth in online child sexual exploitation and abuse material (CSEM) is a significant challenge for European law enforcement agencies. For officers responding to potential victims of CSEM, this means they need to be equipped with the necessary skills and training to swiftly act in the best interests of the child.

To assist these first responding officers, a new set of training guidelines have been published today on the occasion of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. This toolkit is the result of a collaboration between Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG) in the framework of the GRACE project.

The guidelines will equip first responding officers with the necessary knowledge to effectively handle delicate situations that take place at a victim’s close whereabouts, such as their home or school, often hidden from the eyes of the public.

The guidelines are prepared in a way that encompasses the unified standards that these officers can use in their daily work, equipping them with relevant information on how best to respond if they came across a child they believe is being subjected to sexual abuse.

The restricted version of these guidelines will be embedded into the ECTEG’s eFirst project, as part of the knowledge base that every law enforcement officer should be aware of, regardless of their field of work.

A public version is available for download here.

About the authors:

GRACE (Global Response Against Child Exploitation) is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project that aims to equip European law enforcement agencies with advanced analytical and investigative capabilities to respond to the spread of online CSEM that will help safeguard victims and prosecute offenders. GRACE will be running until November 2023 to apply proven technologies to referral and analysis process while embracing the technical, ethical and legal challenges unique to fighting child sexual exploitation. GRACE is leveraging resources already in place at Europol and participating EU Member States aiming to provide results early, frequently and flexibly – watch the GRACE video.

Europol is one of the 22 organisations across 14 countries in Europe that have come together to deliver GRACE. Its Innovation Lab is coordinating Europol’s participation in this project, while supporting numerous EU-funded projects with an advisory role. The European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) was set up to strengthen the law enforcement response to cybercrime in the EU and thus to help protect European citizens, businesses and governments from online crime. As a form of cybercrime, child sexual exploitation is one of the EU’s priorities in the fight against serious and organised crime as part of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT).

ECTEG is the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group, an International non-for-profit organisation funded by the EU Commission. ECTEG comprises of participants from European Union Member States and candidate countries’ law enforcement agencies, international bodies, academia and private industry.

ECTEG’S eFIRST is a first responders e-learning tool that focuses on essential IT forensics and cybercrime, available in English and translated with adapted content in several EU languages.

For more information about these guidelines:

• For law enforcement: Reach out to Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre

• For the general public: Reach out to Europol’s Press Office

For more information about GRACE, visit project website at https://grace-fct.eu or follow the project’s progress on Twitter @grace_fct_eu and LinkedIn gracefcteu.

GRACE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement Number 883341.

STARLIGHT Newsletter: First Edition, November 2022

Welcome to the first edition of the STARLIGHT newsletter! Follow the link below to read more about the STARLIGHT project’s aims, key milestones, and technical aspirations. In addition, we’ll provide updates on events and publications, and introduce our consortium partners.

STARLIGHT is one of the largest security-focused projects funded under the H2020 framework. It is a flagship project that brings together 52 partners from 18 European countries with 15 law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to enhance the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the security domain. 

The goal of this newsletter is to extend the reach of STARLIGHT, developing further cooperation between researchers and security practitioners. This interaction will continue to provide a driving force for the project and facilitate the ambition for fast and effective uptake and adoption of solutions.

Furthermore, we provide a special focus on aligning legal and ethical provisions, legislative frameworks and the protection of fundamental rights for the uptake and adoption of AI technologies in the security domain.

Download: STARLIGHT-Newsletter-M12- Issue-1-Nov22.pdf

To find out more about STARLIGHT, please get in touch by email, follow us on social media or visit the project’s website.

E-mail: starlight@cea.fr

Linkedin: starlight_h2020

Twitter: @starlight_h2020

© 2021 STARLIGHT Project

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 101021797

SecurIT Newsletter #1: 2022 October

SecurIT supports the development and the integration of innovative security solutions in a new global competitive industrial (& services) value chain. Learn more >>>

Discover how SecurIT deployed its first open call dedicated to SMEs aiming to develop new prototypes or demonstrators in the security and cybersecurity domains!

Find out more on the 21 projects that have been selected for funding and entered the 12 month support program after they successfully passed all the selection steps of the 1st Open Call of SecurIT.

Read SecurIT Newsletter #1 here >>>

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

Final Conference with over 70 participants marks the successful completion of the ENSURESEC project

The H2020 project ENSURESEC – End-to-end Security of the Digital Single Market’s e-commerce and Delivery Service Ecosystem celebrated the successful conclusion of its activities with a public final conference. Renowned experts from European organisations emphasized the importance of e-commerce ecosystem security and the merits of ENSURESEC through exciting keynote speeches and an insightful panel discussion Stakeholders, representing the e-commerce and cyber security domains, learned from the consortium how this ecosystem can be better protected against cyber-physical attacks and how the socio-technical solution developed in the project aims to do that.

After 24 months of research and development the consortium of 22 partners from 14 European countries finalized the work on the development of a comprehensive security toolkit for e-commerce infrastructures as well as the other activities, such as an awareness and training campaign. They presented their results in an online closing conference on May 20th, 2022.

Keynote speeches included talks about the e-commerce ecosystem security from different perspectives, as well as the role of EC-funded R&D activities to improve the security of the Union while ensuring strategic autonomy.

In a comprehensive overview, Luís Júdice Sousa from project coordinator INOV explained to the audience how ENSURESEC combines the toolkit, including cyber-physical threat monitoring and impact assessment, with a large-scale training and awareness campaign to educate e-commerce customers on cyber-security and the main threats that can arise in online shopping, in order to improve the resilience of the ecosystem.

The consortium members presented more detailed overview of the ENSURESEC platform protection, both by design, as well as through continuous monitoring, response, recovery and mitigation measures at run-time. Three ENSURESEC Pilots were also presented, with scenarios ranging from cyber-attacks on an e-commerce platform, over physical attacks on a pharmacy e-commerce operator, to cascading cyber-physical attacks on e-commerce infrastructure. Besides technical solutions, improving awareness was an important part of the project, and a new website becyberaware.eu, which contains comprehensive training materials, was also presented. This site aims to raise awareness for potential threats exploiting human vulnerabilities and to show measurements for identifying and avoiding those threats. The site is accompanied by an extensive social media campaign, which uses over 100 illustrations and training videos to reach different target groups. The ENSURESEC project and the future of the e-commerce ecosystem security landscape was the focus of the events panel discussion that closed the event, that also counted with presentation of external initiatives and projects, such as Led by Emiliano Anzelotti (ABI Lab), Jan Billiet (booking.com) and Rigo Van den Broeck (Mastercard) from the ENSURESEC advisory board discussed together with consortium members from IOTA, ATOS and SONAE about challenges the project faced during its run time, the opportunities for the future and valuable lessons learned.

A final conference was not only a great chance to talk in great detail about the project, but also to showcase the work of other related projects. Therefore, ENSURESEC invited Habtamu Abie (Norwegian Computing Center) to talk as a representative about the European Cluster for Securing Critical Infrastructures (ECSCI), the PRAETORIAN (Protection of Critical Infrastructures from advanced combined cyber and physical threats) project, REWIRE – Cybersecurity Skills Alliance and the PALANTIR (Practical Autonomous Cyberhealth for resilient SMEs & Microenterprises) projects.

To wrap up the conference and also the ENSURESEC project itself, Luís Júdice Sousa presented a final set of lessons learned, accompanying the technologies and ideas developed in the last two years as valuable input

for other present and future projects, that aim to improve the security of e-commerce and other critical infrastructures. Together with stakeholders from the Advisory Board and other external partners, the ENSURESEC consortium will continue discussing and seeking opportunities to further mature the developed solutions and bring them to the market. Moreover, the becyberaware.eu website will remain online to continue raising awareness for e-commerce customers and improving their ability to avoid threats.

For more information please visit:

ENSURESEC Website: http://www.ensuresec.eu/
LinkedIn: ENSURESEC
Twitter: ensuresec_eu

About ENSURESEC

ENSURESEC is an project in the EU Horizon 2020 programme under the topic SU-INFRA01-2018-2019-2020 – Prevention, detection, response and mitigation of combined physical and cyber threats to critical infrastructure in Europe, and part of the programmes H2020-EU.3.7.4. – Improve cyber security and H2020-EU.3.7.2. – Protect and improve the resilience of critical infrastructures, supply chains and tranport modes. The project, with 22 partners from all over Europe, has an overall budget of 9.2 Million Euro and has received a funding contribution from the EU of 7.7 Million Euro. ENSURESEC started on June 1st 2020 and ended on May 31st 2022, and it is coordinated by INOV from Portugal.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 883242