One of the goals of the Cyberwatching.eu project is to identify ways to cluster active projects with similar aims for their mutual benefit, identifying possible opportunities for lightweight synergies and supporting them with targeted support activities, such as joint webinars and outreach activities.
In order to achieve this objective, in the past weeks Cyberwatching.eu organised two virtual meetings with two different groups of projects, with the specific aim to help them improve their market capabilities.
The clusters have been created according to similarity of projects in their Marketing Readiness Level (MRL) at this point of their execution.
The meetings included some key speakers, such as Georgios Lyssandredis and Ada Matei, from the Common Competence Centre at DG RTD, who presented the Horizon Results Platform; Michel Drescher, from Oxford University, who showcased the new project radar and asked projects to test the new features; and Nicholas Ferguson, Cyberwatching.eu coordinator, who introduced the marketplace and the new Horizon Results Booster service.
During the second part of the meetings, Marina Ramírez, from AEI Ciberseguridad, explained which are the commonalities of the projects joining the meetings and opened the debate.
In the first virtual meeting, which took place on the 9th of July 2020 and involved 7 active R&I projects with an MRL score of between 3 and 4 (FENTEC, SealedGRID, PAPAYA, DEFEND, PANACEA, GUARD and SAPPAN), some starting points for collaboration emerged. One of them is the joint organisation of webinars focusing on three sectors:
During the second cluster meeting, which took place on the 16th of July 2020 and involved a group of projects with an MRL score of 5-6-7 (CS-AWARE, STOP-IT, PoSeIDon, CyberSec4Europe, ECHO, SecureIoT, SECREDAS, InfraStress, EnergyShield and CARAMEL), a variety of thematic areas was discussed.
Cyberwatching offered support in the organisation, hosting and promotion of public webinars involving the projects clustered according to their target sectors. Cyberwatching also proposed helping with a summary document showcasing the main outputs of the discussion groups, which can be sent to the European Commission.
The meetings were constructive and registered a high level of engagement among the projects, being the starting point for the collaboration of those two working groups that will continue to build and strengthen the research community with the support of Cyberwatching, facilitating the connection between funded projects and future funding actions to find synergies and convergences.
In the last few years, cyber security has become more of a priority for all types of organisations than ever before.