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Enhancing Digital Security, Privacy and TRUST in softWARE

Project description

Actionable trustworthy intelligence against cyber threats

Users often face security and privacy (S&P) threats in a wide range of operations. However, effective digital S&P policies require the availability of data, information, and a body of knowledge on privacy, data protection, ethical, legal, and socio-economic aspects. The EU-funded TRUST aWARE project will provide actionable intelligence and tools for different users, offering mechanisms that protect citizens’ freedom, security, and privacy. The goal is to improve trust in software, cybersafety and the EU’s market position. User-friendly tools will help protect against S&P attacks, allowing users to control and react; collect collective intelligence for computer emergency response teams and authorities in collaboration with citizens, Chief Information Security Officers and Data Protection Officers; and gather knowledge to foster S&P-by-design in software engineering.


Users often get exposed to security and privacy (S&P) threats when they use digital services for social networking, entertainment, banking, education, health, or home security. The factors behind digital S&P threats are numerous and interconnected, as a combined result of inappropriate software practices, bad user habits, and lack of regulatory enforcement and certification methods, among others. To define effective digital S&P policies and to establish a long-term vision, it is needed to have data, information, and a body of knowledge on privacy, data protection and the associated ethical, legal and socio-economic aspects.
TRUST aWARE aims to address this situation by providing actionable intelligence and tools for the different connected stakeholders, to offer effective mechanisms to protect the freedom, security, and privacy of citizens, enhancing TRUST on SoftWARE, cybersafety, and EU’s market position. TRUST aWARE will facilitate this by delivering:
- User-friendly tools to protect consumers against S&P cyberthreats (attacks, abusive practices, inappropriate behaviours of digital services) to enable them to better understand, control, detect and respond to S&P threats in a timely manner, and configuring their own S&P protection settings.
- Collective intelligence for CERTs and Authorities in collaboration with citizens, CISOs and DPOs to ensure and audit that digital products and their S&P practices are transparent, secure and compliant with regulation.
- Knowledge to foster S&P-by-design in software engineering by supporting developers and operators with standards and certification methods for compliance with S&P regulations.
By providing tools for key stakeholders along the whole cycle (TRUST aWARE virtuous cycle), and supporting cooperation and intelligence sharing, TRUST aWARE will minimize the impact of cyberthreats, empowering users, promoting collective awareness, and encouraging trustworthy S&P-preserving digital products in compliance with regulation.

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Net EU contribution
€ 483 875,00
Calle san francisco, 2 planta 4
33003 Oviedo

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Noroeste Principado de Asturias Asturias
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 207 375,00

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