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Cybersecurity and privacy dialogue between Europe and Japan

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - EUNITY (Cybersecurity and privacy dialogue between Europe and Japan)

Reporting period: 2018-12-01 to 2019-05-31

The EUNITY project addresses scope 2 (international dialogue with Japan) of objective DS-05-2016 of the H2020 work programme. This two-years project aims at developing and encouraging the dialogue between Europe and Japan on cybersecurity and privacy topics. This deliverable describes the management activities related to the project, including financial aspects.

The EUNITY project has a principal mission develop and encourage the dialogue between Europe and Japan on cybersecurity and privacy topics, also identify potential opportunities for the future cooperation and facilitate constructive collaboration for the partners.
The EUNITY project has started its activities on June 1st, 2017.

The first project meeting (kick-off) has been held in Brussels on June 7th. This has been the occasion to:
• Initiate the bodies of the project,
• Open a dialogue with the European Commission on the expectations of the EC related to the outcome of EUNITY,
• Plan the activities of the project, including the most important one, the first workshop in Japan.

The main outcome of this kick-off meeting has been the decision to hold the Japan workshop at the University of Tokyo. Dates were fixed later by email. More information about the workshop is available in deliverables D5.3 (dissemination activities)[1] and D2.3 (workshop proceedings)[2].
The project has also participated in dissemination activities, whose list is available in deliverable D5.3[1]. In particular, dialogue has been initiated with the cyberwarching.eu and AEGIS CSAs in order to discuss project progresses. As a result, cyberwatching.eu has delivered a presentation at the first EUNITY workshop at the University of Tokyo. The three CSAs have also applied for a joint session at the ICT 2018 conference in Vienna (December 2018). At this occasion, EUNITY will invite Japanese partners to participate to the event.
All project partners are involved in the joint collaborative production of documents and production. For deliverables, a table of content is collaboratively designed. Section heads are assigned to produce text; contributions are then integrated in a single document. For the workshop, session chairs were distributed amongst the partners, according to their profiles. These session chairs managed questionnaires, chaired talks, and organized discussions.
The EUNITY project clearly states its intention to continue promoting EU-Japan relationships well beyond the project end, with the ambition to support joint activities, common research projects and business development at a time of strong need.
Several avenues for dissemination and maintenance of the project’s work are under consideration:
• Maintenance of the project’s website and social media. The website and the social media accounts will remain active after the project end and we will continue to post news related to the EU-Japan relationship on cybersecurity and privacy. This activity will continue for at least 3 years, as a parallel to the cyberwatching and ICT-03 projects presented in the following points.
The objective of this dissemination action is to inform the community about Europe-Japan activities. On cybersecurity, serving as a main information hub where information can be relayed.
• Communication to the cyberwatching.eu CSA. After the project ends, we propose to submit to cyberwatching small briefs, similar to the summary presentation of D3.1 that has been used to present the current status of the project for meetings.
The practical outcome of EUNITY recommendations will touch topics that are of interest to all, beyond the EU-Japan context, such as certification and training. These findings and recommendations are more likely to be taken up and scaled up in Europe if they are relayed by cyberwatching. A first example of this kind of activity took place at ICT 2018 (joint networking session with the 3 CSAs). Whenever feasible, and under the umbrella of cyberwatching, partners of EUNITY will participate in further sessions in upcoming ICT conferences, to continue relaying the EU-Japan vision in Europe.
As an example of this collaboration, ATOS and NASK represented EUNITY at the Unit H1 Cybersecurity and Privacy Concertation meeting organized in collaboration with cyberwatching.
• Communication to ECSO. After the common workshop with WG2, we plan to provide regular updates to ECSO on the status of relationships with Japan. Of particular interest are WG6 (strategic agenda), WG5 (education) and WG1 (certification). All EUNITY partners are involved in ECSO.
The objective of this dissemination action is to ensure that the European business community remains appraised of the Japanese context and develops the appropriate business opportunities.
• Communication to the ICT-03 pilot projects. EUNITY partners are involved in several of the pilot projects. IMT and NASK are partners in SPARTA. FORTH and ATOS are partners in CONCORDIA. FORTH is also a partner in Cybersec4EU. Finally, IMT has contacts with ECHO through the technical coordinator, RHEA. Many topics highlighted in EUNITY, such as certification, training and awareness, IoT, are part of the agendas of these projects.
Since these projects are the pilots for the Cybersecurity Competence Network of the European Union, they are a natural avenue to propose the findings of EUNITY for implementation in future research and development programmes. The objective of this dissemination is twofold, first to ensure that the current findings are disseminated and taken up by these projects during the course of their activities, and second to further develop relationships with the Japanese ecosystem. All pilot projects explicitly include activities on certification and training, which are the two foremost topics mentioned as of today. Further relationships with Japanese colleagues, as well as communication activities relayed from the EUNITY social media accounts, may take place under this umbrella.
We believe that the material gathered by the project is valid for 2 to 3 years for the landscape and research challenges. The regulatory landscape is likely to change and thus may require revisions.
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