APT-Sweeper Identification of malware based on analysis of the transmission context of data streams

01/01/2014 to 31/12/2017

Data streams always consist of information about the content of the message and context of the message (metadata, protocol data, time, etc.). Traditional approaches to identifying malware are based on an analysis of the content of incoming data streams. However, in many areas this procedure is only possible to a limited extent for reasons of data protection or fails because contents are protected against access in encrypted form. In the APT-Sweeper project, on the other hand, the transmission context is analyzed. Because the malware can be hidden in different components of the context, advanced machine learning techniques are combined with approaches to filtering complex data streams. Thus, both the context and the format-specific structure of content in the analysis can be taken into account. In addition, the recognition of alien content is possible without relying on extensive prior knowledge of past attacks.

Tuesday, 11 December, 2018


Outcomes and key themes from ICT 2018 Session on Cybersecurity as key for a Digital Economy and Society

On 5 December 2018, the Digital Single Market of the European Commission sponsored a session on the topic of “Cybersecurity as key for a Digital Economy and Society”. The highly-popular session (over 90 attendees) took place on 5 December 2018 within the flagship ICT2018 Conference in Vienna, Austria.

Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director General, EC – DG CNECT, kicked off the session with an overview of some of the most pressing issues of the day in cybersecurity:


Reinforcing Cyber Security in the EU: Building Coordinated Security, Confidence and Capability in the Cyber Domain

With 315 million Europeans using the internet each day, the provision of critical services and the functioning of a modern economy are now entirely dependent upon the robustness and safety of cyberspace and its infrastructure. Cyber security attacks are a growing source of threat and concern, while also representing a growing economic opportunity for Europe, with the market predicted to be worth over $100 Billion by 2018 (European Commission). Moreover, cyber attacks in the EU are constantly growing in both their frequency (quintuplicate between 2013 and 2017) and sophistication.