European-wide project on countering hybrid threats kicked off


The Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education L3CE ( together with the strongest partners in Europe working in the field of cyber threats, launched the EU-HYBNET (Empowering a Pan-European Network to Counter Hybrid Threats) project in a virtual conference on May 12, 2020. The aim of the project is to develop a European network that is able to detect, prepare for and counter hybrid threats. This five-year-long project is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme. The EU-HYBNET project consortium consists of 23 organisations representing 16 European countries. 

The project is coordinated by Laurea University of Applied Sciences ( Laurea is the leading provider of civilian security education in Finland. It has built a noticeable international and EU funded security project portfolio. Dr. Päivi Mattila, director of the University’s Coherent Security strategic research area, is coordinating the EU-HYBNET project. 

The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE), located in Helsinki, Finland, is the main content coordinator for the project. According to Hybrid CoE’s Director of Research and Analysis, Hanna Smith, working with a versatile group of organisations and experts from the public sector, industry, SMEs, academia and NGOs provides a unique opportunity to develop new tools to enhance societal resilience. 

“We are very pleased that EU countries are becoming increasingly aware that hybrid threats are not some distant and slight “disruption”. The hybrid threats are a real threat to democracies, it is a real weapon that authoritarian countries are developing, using and will benefit in the future to destabilize our societies. Lithuania’s experience in encountering and combating hybrid threats is very valuable in this project”, states L3CE Director Egidija Veršinskienė. 

“L3CE expertise in dealing with a wide range of cyber threats will be very useful in this project. Cyber vulnerabilities are very often used for hybrid attacks. L3CE leads the “Cyber Theme” in this project – there are 4 themes in the whole EU-HYBNET project that will be the main focus. This is a great recognition of L3CE’s competence and experience”, said Evaldas Bružė, L3CE Innovation Architect. 

In the first phase of the project, partners will conduct a gaps and needs analysis  in order to identify and understand the network participants’ requirements, and the obstacles to maintaining and improving their resilience in the face of hybrid threats. “Gaps and needs will be assessed and used for scenario building and training purposes in the following phases of the project”, explains Hybrid CoE’s Director of Research and Analysis, Hanna Smith. 

Project participants are: 

  • Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland 
  • Hybrid CoE, Finland 
  • Polish Platform for Homeland Security (PPHS), Poland 
  • University of Tromso (UiT), Norway 
  • Rise Research Institutes of Sweden 
  • KEMEA, Greece 
  • L3CE, Lithuania 
  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlo (URJC), Spain 
  • French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, France 
  • European Organisation for Security (EOS) 
  • TNO, the Netherlands 
  • SATWAYS, Greece 
  • City of Espoo, Finland 
  • Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy 
  • National Intelligence Academy M. Viteazul, Romania 
  • Netherlands Ministry of Defence, the Netherlands 
  • Local Police of the City of Valence, Spain 
  • Polish Internal Security Agency, Poland 
  • Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection, Norway 
  • Maldita, Spain 
  • German Central Office for Information Technology in the Security Sector, Germany 
  • Competence Center COMTESSA, Germany 
  • Joint Research Centre European Commission (JRC) 

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More information about the EU-HYBNET project can be reached here

About L3CE 

The Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education (L3CE) is a non-profit organization contributing to the strengthening of the capacity and capabilities of Lithuanian and EU law enforcement institutions in the fight against cybercrime. L3CE addresses rapidly changing and emerging security challenges such as hybrid threats, information security, etc. L3CE is active in several European Networks of Excellence (CMINE, ENLETS, SENTER, iLEANET) and carries out national and EU funded projects. L3CE, in collaboration with partners, provides law enforcement agencies in the EU with access to training programs, forensic tools developed by scientists and researchers, the latest inventions, technologies and methods for investigating cybercrime. 

L3CE’s activities encompass two main areas. 

First, L3CE focuses on technologies and methodologies for identifying and stopping cyber, full-spectrum and hybrid threats. The methodologies being developed include both technological tools, as well as social and human behavioral factors. 

Second, another important area involves the uptake of innovation. L3CE develops methodologies to help law enforcement quickly understand, test and begin to use inventions and innovations in their day-to-day work. The localized “innovation factory” model developed by L3CE is receiving strong support by the European Commission and among EU national law enforcement agencies. 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No883054. 



The DRIVER+ Advanced Crisis Management Conference was held in Brussels on the 18th, 19th and 20th of February, bringing together over 300 Crisis Management specialists, academics and technology developers from throughout Europe and beyond.

The project’s outputs, achievements and long-term legacy benefits for all European and international Crisis Management organisations were praised by senior European Commission officials and conference delegates.

The conference was the culmination of several years of intense work across Europe, involving 4 large-scale crisis scenario trials and a final trial/demonstration, technology development and assessments, and the development of a unique Trial Guidance Methodology for testing the best solutions for specific emergency management tasks.
Research was also undertaken to accelerate innovation in Crisis Management throughout Europe, in particular in connection with climate change related-events such as wildfires and flooding as well as medical emergencies such as coronavirus and industrial accidents.

The project has also fostered the establishment of a number of Centres of Expertise to promote enhanced Crisis Management skills and innovation, and set up a pan-European network, the Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe (CMINE) to foster knowledge sharing and cooperation.

DRIVER+ is an EU funded project tasked with promoting and testing new, science-based improvements in crisis management. Specialist speakers attended from world leading organisations, such as the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research on climate change and wildfires, the Red Cross on Psychological First Aid training for volunteers, and Patrick Meier of WeRobotics Flying Labs on the promotion of drone flying and mapping skills among local populations for improved crisis response throughout the non-European world.

The DRIVER+ Trial Guidance Methodology for conducting trials of Crisis Management solutions, is supported by the Test-bed Technical Infrastructure (TTI).

All outputs are free and open source, available from the DRIVER+ website. Other free outputs include the DRIVER+ Portfolio of Solutions – an online database of advanced Crisis Management technologies.

The establishment of a network of DRIVER+ Centres of Expertise to ensure the sustainability of project outputs has been a major achievement, with 7 Centres signing letters of agreement at the conference – Entente Valabre (France), the Main School of Fire Service (SGSP, Poland), L3CE (Lithuania), The Resilience Advisors Network (RAN, Ireland), SRC-PAS (Poland), EASS (Estonian Academy of Security Sciences), and the Austrian Red Cross (ARC).

For more information or to download reports and other project outputs go to:

“Milipol” Event for Homeland Security and Safety


Milipol is a Leading Event for Homeland Security and Safety, attracting over 1000 exhibitors and up to 30 000 visitors. The 21st edition was held on 19-22 November 2019 at Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. The event was organized by The Security Research NCP Network (SEREN4) and the French Ministry of Interior, with the support of the European Commission as part of the Milipol event. Milipol practitioner workshops dedicated to the 2020 topics in Horizon2020 that are related to the impact of Artificial Intelligence in law enforcement was organized as part of the overall event.

L3CE, represented by Edmundas Piesarskas, was taking the active participation in the workshop. This event was dedicated to practitioners who are interested in the uptake of security research and innovation. 4 workshops took place during the day. Each workshop started with a panel mainly composed of European practitioners followed by an extensive exchange with the participants in the room. Focus of all workshops was AI (Artificial Intelligence), discussing it in different content. Subjects discussed included how AI solutions to help Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA), how to strengthen cooperation for high-quality datasets in Europe, AI in cybersecurity and ethical aspects of AI. Edmundas, as a panelist of AI in cybersecurity subject, presented main relevant insights, arising from SPARTA project and T-SHART Program in particular. The short presentation was made, raising a lively discussion.

7th annual Cyber Intelligence Europe 2019


Cyber security is a concern for many European governments and military forces. It is key for government agencies to make sure detection systems are up to date to combat the latest threats faced to computer systems.

Cybercrimes are also becoming very sophisticated with many criminals creating new ways to breach computer systems. It is critical that governments have strong threat intelligence systems to monitor the potential breaches and combat the cybercrimes before any damage is done to critical infrastructures.

Cyber Intelligence Europe brings together leading officials from across Europe to discuss cyber security strategies and policies, combating cybercrimes, threat intelligence, detection systems, cyber laws and international cooperation.

With the event taking place in Vienna, Austria on the 24th – 26th September 2019 Event participants had an  the opportunity to meet with many senior officials from across the Austrian Government and Armed Forces.

The conference agenda covered the overview of the developments made in cybersecurity across EU, new trends and dynamics of cyber threats, new ideas including new technologies for cyber situation awareness, legal aspects and regulations in the field.

Egidija Versinskiene  CoE of Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education (L3CE) made the presentation on the subject “Cybercrime awareness -Lithuanian Perspective”.

Egidija (L3CE) introdused SPARTA goals, objectives, partnership model  to a wide auditorium of security practitioners. Emphasized the core of SPARTA project:  4 research programes, overview the advantages and benefits that implementing programs will bring to the cybersecurity practitioners. Stressed the importance  of effective collaboration that enables to achieve a better outcomes and results.

Specific attention was paid to T-SHARK program introduction. The program idea  based on threats profiling model, arbitrage group concept and a new way of  solutions validation based on Stage Gates approach was introduced during the presentation.

Conference results overview:

  • EU security and defense agencies such as European Defense Agency (EDA), Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) expressed a great interest in the project and particular research programs: T-SHARK and SAFAIR. EDA would consider the possibility to join T-SHARK Arbitrage Group and provide the expertise necessary to evaluate usability of technology solutions.
  • Industry players such as Security Brokers ( Global Cyber Defence & Security Services), Searchlight Security, AQSACOM proposed collaboration with SPARTA which will support the research programs, development and demonstration of new cyber security related technologies.

We have to admit that SPARTA just started its implementation therefore the project visibility is still under way, involvement of external partners on Global, EU, regional and national levels is critical to make SPARTA the most visible project in EU.

The 2nd Annual MOI Innovation & Foresight Summit took place from 5-6 February 2019 in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH SAIF BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN, MINISTER OF INTERIOR and DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF THE UAE and CROWN PRINCE OF ABU DHABI


The summit highlighted the latest and advanced future technologies, as well as innovative ideas to be further developed and integrated into the UAE’s National Innovation Strategy that aims to position the UAE among the most innovative nations in the world.

Egidija Versinskiene – Director, Lithuanian Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education, delivered a presentation on Accelerating Innovation: Future Readiness and participated in the panel session discussions: Technologies for Managing New Threats.

Egidija also facilitated round table discussions between representatives of the UAE Ministry of Interior, Law Enforcement and National Security agencies, Regulatory bodies, including Customs, and representatives from various Police Forces, the Military and Defense establishments, as well as regional and international experts on the theme of:  Big Data, Open Data and Artificial Intelligence: Future Application in Governance and Policing.

22nd European Police Congress, February 19th & 20th 2019, Berlin


The European Police Congress is the largest annual conference concerned with internal security in the European Union. It is a meeting place for about 1.500 experts from over 20 countries. Representatives of police authorities, border police, secret services, as well as governments, parliaments and industry, regularly attend this major event.

This year’s theme was Focus Europe: Migration – Integration – Security and particular attenton was paid to the issue of integration.  As safety is considered to be a high priority, clearly, security authorities in Europe will have to work harder on prevention, and include local district authorities together with those representing social and educational domains, creating common strategies and acting together, in order to achieve integration.  The Security System in Europe has to operate like one unit!

The European Police Congress was organized by the independent “Behörden Spiegel”,  the highest-circulation newspaper targeting the public sector in Germany with a readership of close to 114,000 that includes not only the federal capitol of Berlin but effectively every municipality and district in the country.

Egidija Versinskiene – Director, Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training Research and Education (L3CE), participated in a panel discussion entitled Cybercrime: current phenomena and challenges and introduced L3CE’s latest initiatives in the field of Information Warfare.

SPARTA — Re-imagining the way cybersecurity research, innovation, and training are performed in the European Union


Cybersecurity is an urgent and major societal challenge. Highly correlated with the digitalization of our societies, cyberthreats have an increasing impact on our lives. It is therefore essential to ensure digital security and strategic autonomy of the EU by strengthening leading cybersecurity capacities. This challenge will require the coordination of Europe’s best competences, towards common research and innovation goals.

SPARTA is a novel Cybersecurity Competence Network, supported by the EU’s H2020 program, with the objective to develop and implement top-tier research and innovation collaborative actions. Strongly guided by concrete challenges forming an ambitious Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap, SPARTA will setup unique collaboration means, leading the way in building transformative capabilities and forming a world-leading Cybersecurity Competence Network across the EU. From basic human needs (health) to economic activities (energy, finance, and transport) to technologies (ICT and industry) to sovereignty (eGovernment, public administration), four research and innovation programs will push the boundaries to deliver advanced solutions to cover emerging challenges.

The SPARTA consortium, led by CEA, assembles a balanced set of 44 actors from 14 EU Member States at the intersection of scientific excellence, technological innovation, and societal sciences in cybersecurity. Together, along with SPARTA Associates, they aim at re-imagining the way cybersecurity research, innovation, and training are performed in Europe across domains and expertise, from foundations to applications, in academia and industry.

In sharing experiences and excellence, challenges and capabilities, SPARTA makes decisive contributions to European strategic autonomy.