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Securing cyberspace: Concrete results through EU research and innovation

The steady increase of cyber-attacks on ICT devices, systems and networks, along with the lack of guarantees and control over data privacy, are major concerns for citizens, industry and decision makers alike. The European Union has the ambition to be a global leader in cybersecurity, ensuring trust, confidence and protection of citizens and enterprises.
Securing cyberspace: Concrete results through EU research and innovation
This is why the Commission's proposals for the next multiannual EU budget starting in 2021 will include a European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre with a Network of National Coordination Centres. The purpose is to support industry and the public sector in adopting state-of-the-art security solutions made and pioneered in Europe.

Cybersecurity: Policy challenges and EU action

Through the seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and Horizon 2020 projects, the Union is focusing on areas such as cryptography, digital authentication and privacy enhancing technologies.

In two years from now, the EU will have invested close to EUR 1 billion in cybersecurity and online privacy projects, be it under FP7 or Horizon 2020. Close to half of this will have been within the framework of the contractual public-private partnership on cybersecurity for the period 2017-2020.

Highlighting innovative EU research efforts

This CORDIS Results Pack showcases some of the most promising and successful of these EU-backed projects. It covers the likes of novel security frameworks and recommendations for businesses, technologies tackling issues related to increased device interdependence and networking, authentication, cryptography, innovative solutions for developers, and privacy-control tools.

To companies looking for enhanced security, the MUSES project provides a device-independent corporate system that will be of particular help to businesses with a BYOD (Bring your own device) policy. Meanwhile, the RASEN project grants companies a toolbox that will enable them to combine assessment and testing of their security solutions. And the WITDOM project aimed to help answer the question "Is the cloud safe?" by developing a new security and privacy framework for outsourced data in untrusted ICT environments.

Developers are not left behind either. Thanks to a kit enabling them to contemplate security by design in their new mobile applications (ASPIRE) as well as a tool capable of spotting vulnerabilities in their source code (STANCE), the creation of security-proof apps and software will now be much easier.

Last but certainly not least, end users stand to benefit from two major research trends. The first is the quest for easy and secure authentication methods. ABC4TRUST, for example, focused on ease of use by reducing the need for ‘over-identification’ while not compromising on security and anonymity of the user. FUTUREID, on the other hand, fast-tracks into the future of multi-purpose electronic IDs.

The second trend is directly fed by increased concerns over the privacy of our online activities. PRIVACY FLAG provides a turnkey solution to protect our privacy, whilst OPERANDO goes even further by a holistic solution to balance the needs of online service providers, privacy service providers and end-users. Finally, we see how the PQCRYPTO project has been working hard to make post-quantum cryptography a reality before any ill-intended organisation or individual can get their hands on a quantum computer enabling them to break into sensitive, encrypted data.

These projects, of course, provide just a glance at what EU researchers are currently working on. The EU sees cybersecurity as a key enabler for its digital economy, and many new projects will continue to be funded over the coming years.
A bottom-up approach to privacy protection
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A security and privacy framework for outsourced data
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A holistic solution towards fair and transparent use of personal data online
Many online service providers still do not provide clear information as to how they protect personal data from their users. Combined with the latter’s increasing wariness, this...
Achieving post-quantum cryptography before it’s too late
With the ongoing global threat of unauthorised accumulation of encrypted data with the hope of eventually being able to break into it later, there is the real possibility that a...
Novel tools to make the web advertising industry more transparent
Market leaders Google and Facebook drive three quarters of internet advertising’s growth. This online advertising explosion is raising serious data privacy and security concerns.
Visionary solution for online data privacy
The EU-funded VISION project has developed a visual privacy platform to help public entities deliver transparent and privacy-enhanced e-government services that meet the highest...
WISER’s free tools will help large and small entities combat cyber threats
Companies and governments are bombarded by billions of cyber-threats every day. Countering these threats ties down resources and manpower, with only the largest organisations able...
Keeping unwanted trespassers out of your information
EU-funded researchers have developed working toolset and methodology that support a navigation approach to preventing unwanted system trespassers.
Laying the secure foundation from which Europe can build the internet of tomorrow
EU-funded researchers are developing security-testing tool to provide all Europeans with increased confidence in the Internet of Services.
A cyber-secure communication platform for smart energy grid applications
The way we produce and consume energy is constantly changing, with new uses and applications coming up on a regular basis. However, all these applications continue to work in silos...
An advanced approach to security accountability for cloud service providers
As business and personal data increasingly move to the cloud, protecting the information – and tracing responsibility for privacy leaks and breaches –become paramount. The A4CLOUD...
Novel protection against hardware trojan horses
Malware, viruses and other cyber-menaces typically target software. But equally dangerous – and growing – are the so-called trojan horses, that infect and physically manipulate...
New security toolbox for software increases trustworthiness of existing processes
EU-researchers have developed a set of source code analysis tools capable of verifying the security properties of applications written in C, C++ and Java.
Combined protections for greater security in mobile apps
As advanced as they have become from a purely technological point of view, smartphones still represent a step backwards from desktops in terms of security. Mobile apps and software...
Innovative electronic IDs offer citizens vast range of public and private sector services
An EU project has built secure electronic identity infrastructure that could be used on a wide-scale across the EU, providing many services and boosting competitiveness.
Working seamlessly and securely on multiple devices
EU-funded researchers have developed and tested a new corporate cyber security system – designed to fit with current trends of working on multiple devices – and identified a simple...
Pioneering a holistic approach to cyber security
An EU-funded project has delivered a toolbox and downloadable methods designed to help corporations and organisations approach cyber security in a more holistic manner. Positive...
Novel security architecture for embedded systems soon to hit the road
Modern computing heavily relies on embedded systems built to solve very specific problems. At the same time, the advent of the Internet of Things means that these systems will be...
Protecting personal data in a secure online environment
An EU-funded project has developed a secure means of accessing online services that requires users to provide minimal personal information. This privacy-enhancing technology could...
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