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Securing cyberspace: Delivering concrete results through EU research and innovation

The steady increase of cyber-attacks on ICT devices, systems and networks, including those linked to the provision of essential services, such as water or electricity, is a major concern for citizens, industry and decision makers alike. The intention to counter this trend is reflected in both FP7 and H2020 funding figures, as both programmes have already contributed to advance European leadership in the likes of cryptography, digital authentication and privacy enhancing technologies.
Securing cyberspace: Delivering concrete results through EU research and innovation
From 2007 to 2013, the EU has invested EUR 334 million in cyber security and online privacy projects under FP7. An additional EUR 160 million envelope has been allocated to the first wave of H2020 projects, and the EU aims to invest up to an additional EUR 450 million under the contractual public-private partnership on cybersecurity for the period 2017-2020, while cybersecurity market players are expected to invest three times more than the EU investment.

This CORDIS Results Pack covers the most recent and prominent results from these EU-funded cybersecurity-related projects, with several providing solutions aimed towards corporations or technologies tackling issues related to increased device interdependence and networking.

The MUSES project, for instance, reflects both concerns by providing a device-independent corporate security system that will be of particular help to businesses with a BYOD (Bring your own device) policy. Meanwhile, the RASEN project grants businesses a toolbox that will enable them to combine assessment and testing of their security solutions.

Other projects have focused on authentication, which requires a subtle balance between ease of use, high security levels and diverse capabilities. ABC4TRUST focuses on ease of use by reducing the need for ‘over-identification’ while not compromising on security and anonymity of the user, whereas FUTUREID fast-tracks into the future of multi-purpose electronic IDs.

Finally, this Results Pack looks into innovative software for developers, both with kits enabling developers to contemplate security by design in their new mobile applications (ASPIRE) and with a tool capable of spotting vulnerabilities in their source code (STANCE).

These projects provide but a glance at what EU researchers are currently working on. The above mentioned public-private partnership (PPP) on cyber security now advises the European Commission on future H2020 programmes while creating bridges between market players at all levels of the value chain. The first H2020 calls for proposals under this PPP are expected in the first quarter of 2017, and this Results Pack will be updated on a regular basis to reflect latest advances in this quest for a cyber-secure Europe.
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