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Empowering a Pan-European Network to Counter Hybrid Threats

Project description

Innovative action to counter hybrid threats

Cyberattacks, information influencing, and economical, political or military pressure are incidents that put our safety and security at risk. These incidents are known as hybrid threats and the EU has taken steps in recent years to address them. However, since hybrid threats are constantly changing, our response also needs to keep pace. The EU-funded EU-HYBNET project will focus specifically on the preparation for and defending against hybrid threats, as well as on the development and building of a European network for the sector. To identify the most urgent needs for countering hybrid threats, the project will bring together practitioners and stakeholders. It will undertake in-depth analysis of the gaps and needs and test the most promising innovations (technical and social).


EU-HYBNET is a Pan-European network of security practitioners, stakeholders, academics, industry players, and SME actors across EU collaborating with each other in ever increasing numbers to counter hybrid threats. EU-HYBNET aims to build an empowered, sustainable network beyond the scope of the project through its on-going association with a key partner, The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, and it will: define common requirements that can fill knowledge gaps, deal with performance needs, and enhance capabilities of innovation endeavours; monitor significant developments in research and innovation; deliver recommendations for uptake and industrialisation of the most promising innovations that address the needs of practitioners, and determine associated priorities for standardisation; establish conditions for enhanced interaction among its members; and persistently strive to increase its membership and continually build network capacity through knowledge exchange incl. exercises.

EU-HYBNET's principal objectives align with the H2020 SEC-SU-GM01-2019 call and are of crucial relevance to it. A technology and innovations watch, facilitated by scientific research, will ensure smooth execution of searching, monitoring, identifying and assessing innovations both under development or already proven, including the level of technology readiness for uptake or industrialisation. EU-HYBNET will bring together practitioners and stakeholders to identify and define their most urgent requirements for countering hybrid threats by undertaking an in-depth analysis of gaps and needs and prioritising those that are crucial to address through effective research and innovation initiatives, including arranging training and exercise events to test the most promising innovations (technical and social) which will lead to creation of a roadmap for success and solid recommendations for uptake, industrialisation and standarisation across the European Union.

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Net EU contribution
€ 583 250,00
01300 Vantaa

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 583 250,00

Participants (24)