PROJECT OF THE WEEK - CyberSANE

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Date: 
19/10/2020 to 23/10/2020

Europe's critical information infrastructure (CII) are those interconnected information and communication infrastructures essential for the maintenance of vital societal functions (health, safety, security, economic or social well-being of people). Any disruption or destruction would have serious consequences. In today's digital era, the increased usage of information technology in modern CIIs makes them vulnerable to cyber-related crime. The EU-funded CyberSANE project will enhance their security and resilience by providing a dynamic collaborative warning and response system. This will support and guide security officers to recognise, identify, dynamically analyse, forecast, treat and respond to advanced persistent threats and handle their daily cyber incidents utilising and combining both structured data and unstructured data coming from social networks and the dark web.

Objectives

In the digital era, Critical Infrastructures (CIs) are operating under the premise of robust and reliable ICT components, complex ICT infrastructures and emerging technologies and are transforming into Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs) that can offer a high degree of flexibility, scalability, and efficiency in the communication and coordination of advanced services and processes. The increased usage of information technology in modern CIIs means that they are becoming more vulnerable to the activities of hackers and other perpetrators of cyber-related crime (cyber criminals). Several recent studies have shown that the landscape of cyber threats is changing continuously and the nature of attacks of this sort are evolving, involving a great degree of persistence and (technical) sophistication.

In addition to this, barriers to entry for would-be cyber criminals are falling rapidly, and nowadays, the attackers have a range of (technical) capabilities and substantial resources at their disposal, since malware and malware-as-a service become more easily and cheaply available through various means and sources (such as Dark Web, Deep Web). Thus, a variety of advanced techniques and tools (e.g. social engineering techniques and zero-day exploits programs) are available and can be used by the cyber criminals to initiate advanced targeted attacks. These threats employ multiple technologies and malware, deployed in multiple stages, to bypass traditional security mechanisms in order to penetrate an organization’s defenses. The attack vectors vary significantly including Application-Layer, Social Engineering Unauthorized Access, Malicious Code, and Reconnaissance and Networking-based service attacks that target applications, host and client operating systems, and even networking equipment. In this vein, the attackers use these techniques to get valuable data assets, such as financial transaction information, user credentials, insider information etc.

Week: 
Monday, 19 October, 2020 to Friday, 23 October, 2020

News

We live in the era of the conscious consumer. People are asking more of brands and they’re aware when a brand’s behaviour breaches their sense of ethics.

Future Events

In an effort to support cross-collaboration between H2020-SU Projects, FORESIGHT Project (https://foresight-h2020.eu/) is inviting all experts and professionals involved in cyber-security training, education and ideally with cyber-range experience, to provide their valuable expert opinion.

Your participation in an anonymous survey will greatly contribute to advance the training curricula aimed at cyber-security professionals to implement and combine security measures in innovative ways.

29/10/2020 to 25/11/2020

ECSO cybersecurity business matchmaking events – also known as the ECSO Cyber Investor Days – are designed to cover different investment phases, ranging from seeding to strategic investment and M&A, as well as to support companies positioned on the entire cybersecurity value chain. The initiative aims to increase the visibility of the European cybersecurity market players and to foster the consolidation of the European cybersecurity market.

30/11/2020 to 01/12/2020