The contributing projects of the Conference are:
Mediterranean practitioners’ network capacity building for effective response to emerging security challenges
MEDEA is a multi-disciplinary regional network of security practitioners with active links to policy makers and users/providers of innovative developments across the Mediterranean and Black Sea region supported by the DG HOME of the European Commission in the context of H2020. MEDEA is a CSA project aiming to engage a critical mass of security practitioners and other security actors like first responders, border guards, national police, civil protection teams, humanitarian workers, defence entities and other interested stakeholders. Fostering the cooperation of cross discipline entities from other countries to effectively respond to a series of regional and common security threats, MEDEA has identified 4 Thematic Communities of Practitioners:
TCP1: Managing of migration flows and asylum seekers
TCP2: Border management and surveillance
TCP3: Fight against cross border organised crime and terrorism
TCP4: Natural hazards and technological accidents
MEDEA consortium consists of 19 members from Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Israel, Bulgaria, Romania, Belgium, Germany, Ireland.
Project Coordinator: Center For Security Studies
Procurements of Innovative, Advanced Systems to support Security in Public Transport
PREVENT focuses on pre-empting attacks in public transport by enabling earlier detection of terrorists and potentially dangerous objects, tracking of detected individuals or situations and coordinating the response of security forces.
PREVENT implements a progressive and iterative process to deliver 6 jointly defined Common Security Scenarios that capture threats and vulnerabilities.
It also delivers a vulnerabilities and threats taxonomy directly applicable to the public transport world. For these scenarios, PREVENT undertakes a gap analysis between available solutions, existing standards, on-going research and identified needs, from which it elaborates a multi-dimensional roadmap of innovations and solutions.
The highest priority innovations in the roadmap are selected by practitioners and public buyers to define a Common Challenge as the basis for a sub-sequent Pre-Commercial Procurement, for which the buyers’ group is created, the lead buyer is selected, and tender documents are generated.
This focus is shared, from the start, by 22 organisations from 10 countries, public transport operators, security forces, public buyers, city authorities of which 12 are consortium partners and 10 are members of the PREVENT User Observatory Group (UOG).
Project Coordinator: Engineering
Innovation - Law Enforcement Agencies Dialogue
i-LEAD’s focusing on the incapability of groups of operational Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) practitioners defining their needs for innovation through a methodological way assisted by research and industrial partners supplemented by committed stakeholders. i-LEAD builds the capacity to monitor the security research and technology market ensuring better matching and uptake of innovations by LEAs with the overarching aim to make it a sustainable Pan-European LEA network. i-LEAD indicates priorities in five (5) practitioner groups and aspects needing standardization and formulate recommendations how to incorporate these in procedures. i-LEAD makes recommendations to LEA members on how to use Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement for Innovation (PPI) instruments.
Project Coordinator: The National Police of the Netherlands | email@example.com
Security of Explosives pan-European Specialists Network
EXERTER, Security of Explosives pan-European Specialists Network, connects 21 practitioners from 13 EU member states into a network of explosives specialists. The project aims at increasing the exchange of information between practitioners, academia, industry, research organisation and other stakeholders. By lifting the challenges of countering current and emerging terrorist threats, the related operational requirements on methodologies, new tools and technologies, and the status in Research and Innovation, EXERTER provides practitioners with the operative knowledge and tools for enhancing the security of our society. It will also help decreasing the step from innovation to market, and make the development practitioner-oriented.
Coordinator: Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
Contact person: Anneli Ehlerding | firstname.lastname@example.org
Security of Air Transport Infrastructure of Europe
The twenty-first century experiments a digital revolution that simplifies flight and cross-border. Digitalization contributes to leverage information sharing, reduce exploitation costs and improve travel experience, but it also blurs the lines between virtual world and reality with serious security matters. In the meanwhile airports face a daily challenge to ensure business continuity and passengers’ safety. SATIE adopts a holistic approach about threat prevention, detection, response and mitigation in the airports, while guaranteeing the protection of critical systems, sensitive data and passengers. Critical assets are usually protected against individual physical or cyber threats, but not against complex scenarios combining both categories of threats.
In order to handle it, SATIE develops an interoperable toolkit which improves cyber-physical correlations, forensics investigations and dynamic impact assessment at airports. Having a shared situational awareness, security practitioners and airport managers collaborate more efficiently to the crisis resolution. Emergency procedures can be triggered simultaneously through an alerting system in order to reschedule airside/landside operations, notify first responders, cybersecurity and maintenance teams towards a fast recovery. Innovative solutions will be integrated on a simulation platform in order to improve their interoperability and to validate their efficiency. Three demonstrations will be conducted at different corners of Europe (Croatia, Italy and Greece) in order to evaluate the solutions in operational conditions (TRL≥7). Results and best practises will be widely disseminated to the scientific community, standardization bodies, security stakeholders and the aeronautic community. Finally, SATIE paves the way to a new generation of Security Operation Centre that will be included in a comprehensive airport security policy. SATIE project involves 18 partners.
Project Coordinator: German Aerospace Center
Integrated cyber-physical security for health services
The aim of SAFECARE is to provide solutions that will improve physical and cyber security in a seamless and cost-effective way. Thereby, it promotes new technologies and novel approaches to enhance threat prevention, threat detection, incident response and mitigation of impacts. Over the course of 36 months, SAFECARE will design, test, validate and demonstrate 13 innovative elements optimizing the protection of critical infrastructure under operational conditions.
Bringing together the most advanced technologies from the physical and cyber security spheres, SAFECARE aims to deliver high-quality, innovative and cost-effective solutions in system security. These solutions focus on mitigating cyber-physical threats and incidents and their interconnections and potential cascading effects.
Focusing on health services infrastructure, SAFECARE will work towards creating a global protection system, which will cover threat prevention, detection, response and mitigation of impacts across infrastructures, populations and environments.
The consortium, composed by 20 across EU, engages with leading hospitals, national public health agencies and security forces across Europe.
Coordinator: Assistance Puplique Hopitaux den Marseille (APHM)
Public Resilience using TEchnology to Counter Terrorism
The PRoTECT project aims to strengthen local authorities’ capabilities in Public Protection by putting in place an overarching concept where tools, technology, training and field demonstrations will lead to situational awareness and improve direct responses to secure public places pre, in, and after a terrorist threat.
PRoTECT affords European municipalities with an actionable perspective on the protection of their public spaces and other soft targets, by providing them with good practices and access to technology concepts, through the realization of both a vulnerability self-assessment and technology assessment in their municipalities, implementation of technology concepts and validation through table top exercises and a technology roadmap.
The five cities that are directly involved and where the activities will take place, are: Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Brasov (Romania), Vilnius (Lithuania), Larisa (Greece) and Malaga (Spain).
The foreseen benefits of PRoTECT include raising awareness of municipal authorities on security concepts and adaptation of technology in the protection of public spaces, sharing best practices and lessons learned to efficiently apply technology concepts to protect public spaces and establishing a closer, permanent collaboration between municipal authorities and law enforcement via existing networks (ENLETS, EFUS).
Project Coordinator: Dutch Institute of Technology, Safety & Security (DITTS)
Securing The European Gas Network
SecureGas focuses on the 140.000 km of the European Gas network covering the entire value chain from Production to Distribution to the users, providing methodologies, tools and guidelines to secure existing and incoming installations and make them resilient to cyber-physical threats. Three business cases, addressing relevant issues for the Gas sector and beyond have been identified so that to ensure the delivery of solutions and services in line with clear needs and requirements, focused on: risk-based security asset management of gas transmission and distribution networks; impacts (economic, environmental and social) and cascading effects of cyber-physical attacks on interdependent and interconnected European Gas grids; integrity and security, through the operationalization of resilience guidelines, of strategic installations across the EU Gas network.
SecureGas tackles these issues by implementing, updating, and incrementally improving extended components, integrated and federated according to a High-Level Reference Architecture built upon the SecureGas Conceptual Model, a blue print on how to design, build, operate and maintain the EU gas network to make it secure and resilient against cyber-physical threats. The components are contextualized, customized, deployed, demonstrated and validated in each business case, according to the scenarios defined by the end-users. Related services provided by SecureGas will be offered to the end-users via a Platform as a Service (PaaS), that allows modularity, flexibility, cooperation and third-party interoperability, thus securing a long-lasting impact, supporting the project exploitation strategy. A multidisciplinary consortium (Gas operators, technology providers, research institutions, sector-related associations), supports the project implementation across Construction, Demonstration and Validation phases, as well as a Stakeholder Platform ensures inputs, advise, and a wider Diffusion of the project outcomes.
Coordinator: Clemente Fuggini (RINA-C) | email@example.com
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Α Simulation, Training, and Evaluation Platform for the Protection of Crowded Public Spaces
The intense use, symbolic importance, and ever-shifting vulnerability of Europe’s public spaces have fueled security concerns among public authorities all over Europe. They struggle to make these spaces safer while preserving accessibility. To face many threat scenarios in a wide range of places requires a holistic approach, innovative security designs, effective emergency plans, cross-border collaboration, and a new generation of tools.
STEPWISE will deliver an innovative product to support the cooperation, coordination, and cross-sectoral preparedness of Law Enforcement Agencies and their partners (public and private) involved in the design and protection of public spaces. The STEPWISE platform aims to enable the rapid creation of Virtual Reality mock-ups of real-world spaces and buildings where security and crisis plans can be devised and assessed against a wide variety of threat scenarios.
STEPWISE brings innovative security design without claiming the public space and bothering or frightening populations. The STEPWISE immersive approach helps police experts to work on simulated situations with private security officers, fire crews, urban planners, public space operators, city managers, etc. to assess the vulnerability of public spaces and jointly develop and evaluate strategies to improve both their security and resilience without having to descend upon each of them.
The STEPWISE action aims to industrialise the research prototype resulting from the VASCO FP7 project (Project ID: 607737) to deliver an operational product that will be extremely useful to implement the EU’s action plan for the protection of public spaces. In addition, an innovative training programme will be prepared to foster its rapid adoption across Europe’s practitioner community.
Coordinator: Patrick Garnier (DIGINEXT) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Warning for Increased Situational Awareness
EWISA is a flagship project of the Pre-Operational Validation scheme of FP7 framework, funded by DG-HOME. It is a 58-month project with the objective to provide an operational and technical framework that will increase situational awareness and improve the reaction capability of authorities surveying the external land borders of EU. The EWISA project through a procurement process delivered two solutions. Both of these solutions were implemented by two different consortia. The EWISA core system for both Solutions was based on Data Fusion technologies from heterogeneous sensors, including the Video Analytics Component and generating enhanced Intelligence Analysis Reports. The Consortium was coordinated by the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) and consisted of 3 more partners, Guardia Civil from Spain, the Romanian Border Police and the Finnish Border Guard.
Project Coordinator: Dr. Pantelis Michalis
Autonomous Swarm of Heterogeneous Robots for Border Surveillance
Border authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) across Europe face important challenges in how they patrol and protect the borders. Their work becomes more problematic considering the heterogeneity of threats, the wideness of the surveyed area, the adverse weather conditions and the wide range of terrains. Towards delivering a solution including all such factors, the main goal of ROBORDER is to develop and demonstrate a fully functional autonomous border surveillance system with unmanned mobile robots including aerial, water surface, underwater and ground vehicles which will incorporate multimodal sensors as part of an interoperable network. The system will be equipped with adaptable sensing and robotic technologies that can operate in a wide range of operational and environmental settings. To provide a complete and detailed situational awareness picture that supports highly efficient operations, the network of sensors will include enhanced static networked sensors such as border surveillance radars, as well as mobile sensors customised and installed on the vehicles. These will include: (i) passive radars that can extend the capabilities of the existing border surveillance radars, (ii) passive RF-signal sensing devices to intercept emission sources that are present in area, and (iii) other mobile sensors like thermal cameras (infra-red), optical cameras and more . To succeed in the implementation of an operational solution, a number of supplementary technologies will also be applied enabling the establishment of robust communication links between the command and control unit and the heterogeneous robots. On top of this, detection capabilities for early identification of criminal activities and hazardous incidents will be developed. This information will be forwarded to the command and control unit that will enable the integration of large volumes of heterogeneous sensor data and the provision of a quick overview of the situation at a glance to the operators, supporting them in their decisions.
Project Coordinator: Dr. Stefanos Vrochidis | email@example.com
Radars for loNG distance maritime surveillancE and SaR operations
RANGER innovates by combining novel radar technologies with innovative supporting technological solutions for early warning, in view of delivering a surveillance platform that offers tracking as well as detection, recognition, and identification of vessels far beyond existing legacy radar systems. More precisely, RANGER exploits the benefits derived from different recent ground-breaking research results, OTH and MIMO Radar technologies, machine learning and data fusion mechanisms, advanced decision support systems and data analytics algorithms. All these technologies are combined, along with interoperability means and advanced user interfaces, using a state-of-the-art iterative software and hardware development methodology in order to deliver the overall RANGER platform.
The introduction of Deep machine learning techniques for Automatic Target Recognition and correlation with existing AIS will minimize false positives in the tracking capabilities of RANGER system. Furthermore, the RANGER system seamlessly fits and contributes to the CISE framework through the provision of on-demand CISE compliant services.
The pilots are going to be performed in two phases. The first one will be implemented in France. The same approach will be followed during the second validation pilot in a completely different Maritime environment (numerous islands in contrast to the open sea environment of the first pilot) that the Aegean Sea in Greece offers. In both cases, RANGER is going to exploit the deployment of CISE adaptor by sharing operational picture through CISE.
The project’s consortium consists of 10 partners from UK, France, Greece, Germany, Finland, Italy, and Belgium.
Coordinator: EXUS Software LTD (EXUS)
An EnhaNceD Common InfoRmatiOn Sharing EnvironMent for BordEr CommanD, Control and CoordinAtion Systems
The project aims to unlock the full potential of CISE, by validating in a long period of time CISE-compatible command, control and coordination systems from several Coast and Border Agencies. At the same time it is envisaged to further enhance, validate and demonstrate CISE by extending its scope for land borders and adapting relevant C2 solutions and associated services. This will be accomplished by extending the CISE data model based on the use cases and requirements and adapting state-of-the-art command & control systems for full compliancy with the enhanced model and CISE message exchange patterns. The project architecture will follow a hybrid scheme in order to allow the usage of the End User CISE Nodes/Gateways and at the same time to allow the testing and validation of the extended data model. The project will leverage on the developments, results and experience of the consortium from current and previous research projects (PERSEUS, CloseEye, MARISA, RANGER), from National Procurement projects of CISE Nodes and Adaptors and on the CISE infrastructure of the End Users.
Coordinator: Ministry Of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy (MMAIP), GREECE
robusT Risk basEd Screening and alert System for PASSengers and luggage
TRESSPASS is a H2020 42-month Innovation action project that covers air, maritime and land (including car and train) border crossing points, and specifically travel routes that combine different modalities. With regards to threats, this includes smuggling, irregular immigration, cross border crime, and terrorism, including threats to the transport itself.
The project covers all tiers of the four-tier access model:
(1) measures undertaken in, or jointly with third countries or service providers;
(2) cooperation with neighbouring countries;
(3) border control and counter-smuggling measures, and
(4) control measures within the area of free movement.
(a) develops a single cohesive risk-based border management concept
(b) develops three pivoting pilot demonstrators: Schiphol Airport, Polish Land Border at External EU crossing control point and Port of Piraeus
(c) demonstrates the validity of the single cohesive risk-based border management concept by using red teaming and simulations
(d) prepares for the further development of this concept beyond this project by linking to other known risk-based border management projects (in- and outside EU, within EU research frameworks and on national levels), and describe how their results contribute to a single cohesive risk-based border management concept.
TRESSPASS is a strong European Consortium of 22 partners.
TRESSPASS project is funded by the European Union and the Horizon 2020 programme, under GA no 787120.
Project Coordinator: National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”
Through-foliage detection, including in the outermost regions of the EU
Due to the large increase of illegal activities at the EU border in the last years, improved methods for border surveillance are necessary to ensure an effective and efficient EU border management. FOLDOUT focus is on through foliage detection in the inner and outermost regions of the EU. Foliage penetration is an unsolved important part of border surveillance, whose solution would contribute to reduce border guards’ workloads, to reduce costs and last but not least, to save lives.
FOLDOUT will build a system that combines various sensors and technologies and intelligently fuses these into an effective and robust intelligent detection platform. Events will be analyzed by machine learning tools to continuously increase the systems detection and tracking capability.
FOLDOUT will make the tasks of Border Guards simpler and faster by combining events from various sensors to give a complete situation threat assessment combined with suggested reaction scenarios.
A two years pilot in Bulgaria and demonstrators in Greece, Finland and French Guiana FOLDOUT will provide fundamental enhancements in the domain of border surveillance and improved search & rescue scenarios.
Project Coordinator: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Andreas Kriechbaum-Zabini | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cristina Picus | email@example.com
Next generation of information systems to support EU external policies
CIVILnEXt is a Horizon 2020 Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project aiming to develop, test and validate a cost-effective and interoperable Operation Control Platform (OCP) for supporting EU civilian external policies in the long term. The underlying scope focuses on enhancing communications, knowledge-sharing, information access, situational awareness and preparedness towards improving efficiency, visibility and impact of missions with multinational demand and CSDP characteristics. This procurement project is the sequence of the project CIVILEX, a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) of the 2014-2015 Secure Societies Work Programme under Horizon 2020, taking into account its findings that will lead to the proposed solution.
Project Coordinator: NCSR Demokritos
Safe and Rapid Evacuation Facilitated by UAV swarms
SWIFTERS leverages UAV swarms to study, design, develop, and test, UAV cooperation strategies to assist civil protection operations, such as emergency evacuation. This action has come together after seeing the great potentials of UAVs in emergency management during the DG ECHO PREDICATE project. SWIFTERS is a continuation of the work conducted by the KIOS Research Center at the University of Cyprus (UCY-KIOS), the Center for Security Studies of the Ministry of Interior in the Hellenic Republic (KEMEA), and the Cyprus Civil Defence (CCD) during the PREDICATE project. The Direzione General della Protezione Civile Regione Sardegna Italy (RAS) is an additional Civil Protection authority that participates also in the SWIFTERS project.
The main output of the proposed action will be a software package, which will be released under open-source license, featuring emergency operation planning capabilities enabled by UAV swarms such as task allocation to individual UAVs of the swarm (e.g., monitoring emergency event progress, identifying stranded survivors, marking the evacuation path, etc.), and path planning for each UAV
Project Coordinator: Prof. Christos Panayiotou
Crossing New Frontiers in Disaster Preparedness
IN-PREP aims to prepare responders better, so more lives can be saved during transboundary disasters and crises. The principal goal is to improve collaborative response planning. To do so, IN-PREP is trialing a new training platform for CP agencies and first responders. It is an end-to-end, interoperable Mixed Reality Preparedness Platform featuring a multiplicity of modules to support dynamic scenario building, disaster-modelling, multi-agency command & control and sharing of the operational picture. Agencies using IN-PREP will be able to plan, train and collaborate better than even before.
Project Coordinator: Angelos Amditis | firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Point: Evangelos Sdongos | email@example.com
The First Responder (FR) of the Future: a Next Generation Integrated Toolkit (NGIT) for Collaborative Response, increasing protection and augmenting operational capacity
Today’s First Responders (FR) are using technology of the past. During their primary mission of saving lives and preserving society’s safety and security, FRs face a multitude of challenges. In both small scale emergencies and large scale disasters, they often deal with life-threatening situations, hazardous environments, uncharted surroundings and limited awareness. INGENIOUS aims to assist First Responders be more effective and save more lives during natural and manmade disasters and crises by exploiting novel technologies. INGENIOUS is developing, integrating, testing and validating a Next Generation Integrated Toolkit (NGIT) for Collaborative Response, which ensures high level of Protection and Augmented Operational Capacity to respond to the disaster scene.
Project Coordinator: Angelos Amditis | firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Coordinator: Evangelos Sdongos | email@example.com
Enhancing decision support and management services in extreme weather climate events
In every disaster and crisis, incident time is the enemy, and getting accurate information about the scope, extent, and impact of the disaster is critical to creating and orchestrating an effective disaster response and recovery effort. The main goal of beAWARE is to provide support in all the phases of an emergency incident. More specifically, we propose an integrated solution to support forecasting, early warnings, transmission and routing of the emergency data, aggregated analysis of multimodal data and management the coordination between the first responders and the authorities. Our intention is to rely on platforms, theories and methodologies that are already used for disaster forecasting and management and add the elements that are necessary to make them working efficiently and in harm under the same objective.
The overall context for beAWARE lies in the domain of situational awareness and command and control (C2). The first phase concerns the forecast of the extreme condition and the relevant preparations. Once a disaster occurs, an initial assessment needs to be conducted as soon as possible to determine the scope, geographical distribution, and scale of the incident. Situational awareness means being able to accurately determine what has happened, what is happening now, and what will come next, all in order to plan and coordinate the most effective response possible with the resources available. This observation phase will lead to an orientation phase suggesting both an individual as well as collective “cognition” orientation to data that is sensed and communicated. Once orientation to the data (or the lack of it) occurs then a decision is made, ultimately resulting is the final step, which is “act”. The crisis management center is always striving or struggling to gain a sense of what is reality to be able to feel that he or she can make a decision that is the "best possible" given the circumstances.
Project Coordinator: Information Technologies Institute
Dr. Ioannis Kompatsiaris | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Anastasios Karakostas | email@example.com
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Chemicals Regulations Enforcement & Inspections – Building Authority Capacity for REACH/CLP and SEVESO III Compliance.
LIFE 15 GIE/GR/943 – Environmental Governance & Information)
The project is building community knowledge, authority capacity and compliance culture for efficient and effective enforcement of EU environmental legislation in the framework of REACH/CLP & SEVESO III regulations. Considering environmental governance problem, the project targets at the relationships and interactions among government and non-government structures and procedures, where power and responsibility are exercised in making environmental decisions. It concerns how informed decisions are made, with emphasis on the need for Competent Authorities (CAs) and duty holders, to participate and have their experiences taken on board. The project particularly supports the harmonization of knowledge on REACH/CLP inspections with added value to the prevention in handling dangerous chemicals. The acquired know-how at EU level has been systematized by developing, implementing and disseminating common guidance and good practices for inspectors, tailor-made to the needs of National Enforcing Authorities (NEAs) in Greece and Cyprus and of Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as duty holders.
The project actions include: the development and validation of a prototype structured Inspection System for obligatory REACH/CLP and SEVESO III inspections, a number of Common Visits (CoVS) and Pilot Inspections (PIs) at duty holders sites for inspectors in the 2 EU MSs, a set of Inspectors’ Training Courses (ITCs), the development and implementation of e-platforms and inspectors’ e-tools (https://www.reach-cheree.gr/reach-e-inspection-tool/), Info Centres for inspectors (https://www.reach-cheree.gr/e-tools-guidance/hazchem-info-centre/) and workshops and duty holders, e-campaign for the project products, etc.
LIFE CHEREE project outcomes provide essential, solid and ongoing support in:
- Developing/promoting knowledge such as guidance, inspectors documentation and EU good practices, techniques and tools endorsed by ECHA and SEVESO CAs for REACH/CLP and SEVESO III implementation respectively;
- Strengthening inspectors’ capacity & effectiveness of inspection systems in Greece, Cyprus and other EU MSs for better surveillance of chemicals;
- Expanding cooperation between NEAs, CAs, other environmental inspection bodies and duty holders in 2 MSs;
- Increasing awareness of target audiences on safe control of chemical hazards – fostering and operation of IT tools for inspectors/duty holders by combining the follow-up of the LIFE project PROTEAS “REACH Protocol for Emissions and Accident Scenarios in Supply and Distribution of Fuels and Petrochemical products” (https://proteas-reach.gr/).
PROJECT COORDINATOR: Dr. George Papadakis |firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical University of Crete, School of Production Engineering and management, Laboratory of Industrial Safety and Cognitive Ergonomics.
Preventing Radicalisation Online through the Proliferation of Harmonised ToolkitS
PROPHETS will look at redefining new methods to prevent, investigate and mitigate cybercriminal behaviours through the development of a coherent, EU-wide, adaptive SECURITY MODEL, built upon the interplay of the human factors within the new cyber ecosystem and capable of addressing the four fundamental dimensions at the core of the phenomenon: 1. early identification of security threats; 2. investigations within a new public-private governance; 3. Increased complexity of the response due to the expansion of the security perimeter towards new societal fields and the emergence of challenging jurisdictional problems; and, last but not least, 4. perception of security and freedoms among citizens, which requires a new communication strategy for LEAs and security policy makers.
Project coordinator: Dr. Holger Nitsch
Scientific High-throughput and Unified Toolkit for Trace analysis by forensic Laboratories in Europe
SHUTTLE, acronym for ‘Scientific High-throughput and Unified Toolkit for Trace analysis by forensic Laboratories in Europe’, is a H2020 project financed by the European Commission (EC), aiming to develop a toolkit, which will facilitate the microtraces analysis collected in crime scenes.
The development of the SHUTTLE toolkit will be realised through a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) action, which is coordinated and jointly carried out between forensic institutes across Europe.
More precisely, the forensic institutes will organise and manage procurement of R&D services involving risk benefit sharing under market conditions, and competitive development in phases.
Thanks to the EC funding (7.4M€ for the subcontracted activities), the SHUTTLE project will contribute to strengthening the forensic collaboration across countries and institutions in Europe and possibly beyond. It also will catalyse innovation by allowing public authorities to invest cost effectively in innovation by sharing costs and lessons learnt.
SHUTTLE started in May 2018 and will run for 48 months. It has a budget of 10.5M€ and a consortium of 8 partners led by the MINISTERE DE L’INTERIEUR.
Project Coordinator: Ministere De L’Iinterieur
Driving Innovation in Crisis Management For European Resilience
DRIVER+ (Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience) is a FP7 Crisis Management demonstration project aiming at improving the way capability development and innovation management is tackled. The required capabilities and identified gaps are the drivers for innovation and developing new solutions. Solutions may include a new piece of software or a training approach, a new item of equipment or a new way of working together. However, practitioners need to know that any new solution has been tried and tested and proven to be valuable in a realistic and challenging environment.
The project is organising Trials in four European countries. These Trials cover a variety of scenarios involving many practitioners. Although there are numerous innovative management solutions practitioners could come up with, they have to assess each one objectively and test how the solution works together with operational systems already in use. To this end, DRIVER+ has developed a robust and practitioner-driven Test-bed which is used to systematically assess crisis management solutions. One important part of this Test-bed is the ‘Trial Guidance Methodology’, describing how to prepare and evaluate Trials. DRIVER+ has also developed the Test-bed technical infrastructure – a toolbox with software components that helps setting up and managing a Trial.
In addition, a web-based Portfolio of Solutions is developed to further strengthen the crisis management capabilities in Europe. This online catalogue is open for all solution providers and lets experts find everything they need to know about a solution, including experiences from practitioners.
The third key dimensions of DRIVER+ is sharing a common understanding of crisis management across Europe. For that reason, the Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe (CMINE) community of practice has been established, open for every interested stakeholder. CMINE links several networks and projects and facilitates the exchange of good practices and new ideas, fostering innovation in crisis management. Several CEN Workshop Agreements further contribute to building a shared understanding in crisis management across Europe.
Coordinator: ATOS | Pedro Soria , email@example.com
Technical Coordinator: TNO | Marcel van Berlo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Multimedia Analysis and correlation enGine for orgaNised crime prevention and investigation
MAGNETO will revolutionize the capacity of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to deal with extreme volumes and diversity of data in order to accomplish highly- efficient crime prevention and investigation.
The project consortium includes 11 LEA entities, which collaborate in the definition and the evaluation of the MAGNETO platform with real data, addressing 5 use cases: crime against persons and property, economic organized crime, terrorism prevention and investigation, parallel illegal economic circuits, identity crime.
Project Coordinator: Dr. Konstantinos Demestichas | email@example.com
Lawful evidence cOllecting & Continuity plAtfoRm Development
Modern cybercrime has been transformed into a global underground economy. Moreover, due to the wide digitalization of our lives, most forms of crime involve, in some sense; e.g. communication between two parties, digital means ranging from handheld devices to desktop computers, and from IoT devices to mainframes. As a result, digital forensics has emerged as a need for most forensics labs, and on many occasions, they can derive the only evidence for a case. Nevertheless, digital forensics is not necessarily tied only to law enforcement authorities and their investigations, but they are also linked with security consultants and security firms. The common objective of all the above is that all the aforementioned stakeholders need to have transparency throughout their processes as digital evidence are malleable and depending on the method they are collected they can even be destroyed or lost.
LOCARD aims to address this challenge by providing a two-dimensional approach. Horizontally, LOCARD wants to provide a platform that offers a transparent and auditable log of the chain of custody of digital evidence through the exploitation of distributed ledger technologies. Therefore, it will automate the processes of collecting digital evidence, managing it, creating the proper reports and selectively enabling access only to the needed roles/personnel. Vertically, LOCARD will integrate the proposed solution in a secure and forensically sound manner. LOCARD will investigate new methods for collecting digital evidence, from mobile devices, streaming services and the cloud. The solution will be tested and validated in real-world scenarios that involve cross-jurisdiction cases of LEAs as well as forensics labs.
Project coordinator: Dr. Constantinos Patsakis | firstname.lastname@example.org
Retrieval and Analysis of Heterogeneous Online Content for Terrorist Activity Recognition
The main focus of Project TENSOR is to keep people safe. The project which is funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme will seek to develop a platform offering Law Enforcement Agencies fast and reliable planning and prevention functionalities for the early detection of terrorist activities, radicalisation and recruitment. The project consortium recognises that for the majority of citizens, the internet is a valuable resource in day to day life. But for criminals and terrorists, it provides opportunities to exploit the internet as a tool where they can communicate with affiliates, coordinate action plans, raise funds, and introduce new supporters or recruits into their networks. These activities present a significant risk to the citizens of Europe. The TENSOR consortium will work to develop an integrated solution for Law Enforcement Agencies, the aim of which is to increase their ability to identify and analyse terrorist generated content on the internet. The project, which has a work stream dedicated to the ethical, legal and societal impact, will ensure that the solutions are shaped by the privacy and data protection laws that protect the freedom of citizens across Europe in their use of the internet.
Project coordinator: Jonathan Middleton | Jonathan.Middleton@psni.pnn.police.uk
Confrontation of CBRN-Terrorism Threats
Europe today faces a wide range of complex challenges and asymmetric threats, and for this reason Law Enforcement Agencies must be well trained, equipped and prepared to enhance the protection and security they provide to citizens and infrastructures (both critical and public spaces). In this context, COBRA project aims to:
- Raise awareness and increase preparedness and response capabilities of South-East Europe LEAs (who act as the exterior protective border line of the EU) against terrorist attacks to public spaces and CBRN threats
- Provide specialized training to personnel involved in detecting and mitigating the impact of attacks to open public spaces and managing CBRN risks of critical infrastructures
- Invest to the procurement and upgrade of field technical equipment and components for incident response as well as for special training purposes
- Share good practices and lessons learnt to efficiently align relevant SOPs in case of cross jurisdictional incidents
Project Coordinator: Center for Security Studies (KEMEA)
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Advanced tools for fighting oNline Illegal TrAfficking
ANITA aims to design and develop a novel knowledge-based and user-centred investigation system for analysing heterogeneous (text, audio, video, image) online (Surface Web, Deep Web, DarkNet) and offline content. The ultimate goal is to fight illegal trafficking of drugs, counterfeit medicines, New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and firearms.
ANITA will combine:
- a) innovative technologies for data source analysis of crypto-currency networks and financial transactions;
- b) advanced Big Data analytics tools for the automatic analysis of vast amounts of heterogeneous content;
- c) sophisticated methodologies to capture, model and infer human understandable knowledge;
- d) cognitive user modelling framework able to capture, analyse, interpret and integrate key human cognitive factors and information processing functions for: i) incorporating human perception/cognition principles in the system and ii) facilitate the knowledge transfer from the expert users to the novice ones;
- e) user-oriented intelligence applications, which will enable users to identify patterns for spatial, temporal and causal correlations among illegal trafficking events, entities and activities for supporting decision-making processes.
The above functionalities will be strengthened by an in-depth interdisciplinary analysis of the online illegal trafficking phenomenon and of the online resources with respect to social, ethical, legal and privacy issues of concerns. The proposed system capabilities will be demonstrated in multiple relevant operational environments provided by the Law Enforcement Agencies (hence LEAs) involved in the project.
Project Coordinator: Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Spa
Technologies for prevention, investigation, and mitigation in the context of fight against crime and terrorism
The COPKIT project addresses the problem of analysing, preventing, investigating and mitigating the use of new information and communication technologies by organised crime and terrorist groups. COPKIT proposes an intelligence-led Early Warning (EW) / Early Action (EA) system, directly related to the methodological approach used by EUROPOL in SOCTA. “Intelligence-led policing” offers a framework to guide operations, prioritizing needs and optimizing resources. EW explain how crimes are evolving, identifying "weak signals", warnings, new trends, and being a basis for assisting decision makers, both strategic and operational levels, in order to develop EA (preparedness, mitigation, prevention and other security policies).
COPKIT will comprise several phases:
(1) developing and applying a EW/EA system and applying it to use cases,
(2) developing a toolkit for knowledge production and exploitation, tested by LEAs in their premises,
(3) ensuring respects to EU legal and ethical principles,
(4) developing innovative curricula for all aspects of the EW/EA methodology and eco-system to facilitate the uptake by LEAs.
COPKIT consortium consists of 18 partners from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom.
Project Coordinator: Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de España SA-SME MP (ISDEFE)
Raquel Pastor | email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
InterCONnected NEXt-Generation Immersive IoT Platform of Crime and Terrorism DetectiON, PredictiON, InvestigatiON, and PreventiON Services
CONNEXIONs aims to develop and demonstrate next-generation detection, prediction, prevention, and investigation services that will be based on multidimensional integration and correlation of heterogeneous multimodal data (including Surface/Deep/Dark Web and social media content, data acquired by Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and digital evidence), and delivery of pertinent information to various stakeholders in an interactive manner tailored to their needs, through augmented and virtual reality environments. The CONNEXIONs solution encompasses the entire lifecycle of law enforcement operations including: a) pre-occurrence crime prediction and prevention; b) during-occurrence LEA operations; and c) post-occurrence investigation, and crime-scene simulation and 3D reconstruction. CONNEXIONs will also provide chain-of-custody and path-to-court for digital evidence.
Project Coordinator: Motorola Solutions Israel, Itay Koren |email@example.com
Analysis System for Gathered Raw Data
ASGARD aims to contribute to LEA Technological Autonomy, by building a sustainable, long-lasting community for law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and the R&D industry. This community will develop, maintain and evolve a best-of-class tool set for the extraction, fusion, exchange and analysis of Big Data, including cyber-offense data for forensic investigation. ASGARD will help LEAs to significantly increase their analytical capabilities. Forensics being a focus of ASGARD, both intelligence and foresight dimensions are addressed by the project.
Coordinator: Dr. Juan Arraiza Irujo, firstname.lastname@example.org
AddreSsing ThReats for virtualIseD services
The growing adoption of cloud technologies and the trend to virtualise applications are inexorably re-shaping the traditional security paradigms, due to the increasing usage of infrastructures outside of the enterprise perimeter and shared with other users. The ASTRID project aims at shifting the detection and analysis logic outside of the service graph of virtualised services, by leveraging descriptive context models and their usage in ever smarter orchestration logic, hence shifting the responsibility for security, privacy, and trustworthiness from developers or end users to service providers. The consortium consists of nine (9) partners from UK, Italy, Germany, Greece and Denmark.
Project Coordinator: Ing. Orazio Toscano
Advanced cyber-security simulation platform for preparedness training in Aviation, Naval and Power-grid environments
The FORESIGHT project aims to develop a federated cyber-range solution to enhance the preparedness of cybersecurity professionals at all levels and advance their skills towards preventing, detecting, reacting and mitigating sophisticated cyber-attacks. This is achieved by delivering an ecosystem of networked realistic training and simulation platforms that collaboratively bring unique cyber-security aspects from the aviation, smart grid and naval domains. The proposed platform will extend the capabilities of existing cyber-ranges and will allow the creation of complex cross-domain/hybrid scenarios to be built jointly with the IoT domain. Emphasis is given on the design and implementation of realistic and dynamic scenarios that are based on identified and forecasted trends of cyberattacks and vulnerabilities extracted from cyber-threat intelligence gathered from the dark web; this will enable cybersecurity professionals to rapidly adapt to an evolving threat landscape. The development of advanced risk analysis and econometric models will prove to be valuable in estimating the impact of cyber-risks, selecting the most appropriate and affordable security measures, and minimising the cost and time to recover from cyber-attacks. Innovative training curricula, guiding cyber-security professionals to implement and combine security measures using new technologies and established learning methodologies, will be created and employed for training needs; they will be linked to professional certification programs and be supported by learning platforms. Aside from the development of skills, the project aims at a holistic approach to cyber-threat management with the ultimate goal of cultivating a strong security culture. As such, the project puts considerable emphasis on research and development (i.e. research on cyber-threats, development of novel ideas, etc.) as the key to increasing training dynamics and awareness methods for exceeding the rate of evolution of cyber-attackers.
Coordinator: Center for Security studies
Dimitris Kavallieros Dimitris Kavallieros | email@example.com
Eleni Darra | firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced Cyber-Threat Intelligence, Detection, and Mitigation Platform for a Trusted Internet of Things
The CYBER-TRUST project aims to develop an innovative cyber-threat intelligence gathering, detection, and mitigation platform to tackle the grand challenges towards securing the ecosystem of IoT devices. The security problems arising from the flawed design of legacy hardware and embedded devices allows cyber-criminals to easily compromise them and launch large-scale attacks toward critical cyber-infrastructures. The proposed interdisciplinary approach will capture different phases of such emerging attacks, before and after known (even years old) or unknown (zero-day) vulnerabilities have been widely exploited by cyber-criminals to launch the attack. Emphasis is given on building a proactive cyber-threat intelligence gathering and sharing system to prevent the exploitation of zero-day vulnerabilities. This intelligence information will be used to maintain accurate vulnerability profiles of IoT devices, in accordance with data protection, privacy, or other regulations, and optimally alter their attack surface to minimise the damage from cyber-attacks. Novel technologies will be developed, based on distributed ledgers and blockchains, to monitor devices’ integrity state and network behaviour that will considerably increase the detection and response capabilities against targeted and interdisciplinary cyber-attacks. In the case of alleged malicious activity, tools for collecting and storing forensic evidence on a tamper-proof blockchain structure will be delivered, taking into account the specific needs of law enforcement agencies. Privacy-preserving network monitoring and advanced virtual reality-based visualisation techniques will be employed for quickly detecting botnets, DDoS attacks and other incidents. Relying on interdisciplinary research, an intelligent autonomous cyber-defence framework will be built for providing intelligent ways of isolating the devices under an attacker’s control (or infected) and effectively responding to and mitigating large-scale attacks.
The project’s consortium consists of 8 partners from Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Cyprus, Italy.
Project coordinator: Dimitrios Kavallieros | email@example.com
Enhanced Neutralisation of explosive Threats Reaching Across the Plot -
The ENTRAP project addresses an approach and methodology on how to evaluate the technical effectiveness of counter-tools that has been produced as a result of the research and development efforts conducted on a European level. The overall aim being to understand technical capabilities of the available, and emerging counter-tools, for prevention and mitigation of explosive threats in specific phases of the timeline and the combination of them for certain scenarios of an attack. Operational research (OR) tools, utilised by research organisations and CT practitioners, will be used during the project for the impartial assessments of the effectiveness of emerging counter-tools against existing ones, to better understand how to the prevent IED attacks and how to react to them. ENTRAP will create a step-change for the development and deployment of new IED prevention tools and techniques by allowing earlier and more accurate assessment of their effectiveness.
Coordinator: Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) | Mr Hans Onnerud,