Strategic programs for advanced research and technology in Europe (SPARTA)


Project no.: 830892
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Project description:

Cybersecurity is an urgent and major societal challenge. Highly correlated with the digitalization of our societies, cyberthreats have an increasing impact on our lives. It is therefore essential to ensure digital security and strategic autonomy of the EU by strengthening leading cybersecurity capacities. This challenge will require the coordination of Europe’s best competences, towards common research and innovation goals.
SPARTA is a novel Cybersecurity Competence Network, supported by the EU’s H2020 program, with the objective to develop and implement top-tier research and innovation collaborative actions. Strongly guided by concrete challenges forming an ambitious Cybersecurity Research & Innovation Roadmap, SPARTA will setup unique collaboration means, leading the way in building transformative capabilities and forming a world-leading Cybersecurity Competence Network across the EU. From basic human needs (health) to economic activities (energy, finance, and transport) to technologies (ICT and industry) to sovereignty (eGovernment, public administration), four research and innovation programs will push the boundaries to deliver advanced solutions to cover emerging challenges.
The SPARTA consortium, led by CEA, assembles a balanced set of 44 actors from 14 EU Member States at the intersection of scientific excellence, technological innovation, and societal sciences in cybersecurity. Together, along with SPARTA Associates, they aim at re-imagining the way cybersecurity research, innovation, and training are performed in Europe across domains and expertise, from foundations to applications, in academia and industry.

Project funding:

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020”

Project results:

KTU team led by professor Algimantas Venčkauskas of the Computer science department, carryed out research 1) to develop and validate methodological, organizational and technological solutions extending cybersecurity towards comprehensive organization of security functions, that would focus more on threat prediction and full-spectrum cybersecurity awareness, providing high situational awareness, informing decision and policy makers on broad or long-term issues and/or providing a timely warning of threats, 2) to develop a secure-by-design development framework and a toolkit supporting the design, development and verification of security-critical, large-scale distributed intelligent infrastructure systems, 3) to design a comprehensive cybersecurity skills framework intended to update and boost university programs in cybersecurity and professional training and to raise the public awareness of both citizens and professionals about the cyberthreats.

Period of project implementation: 2019-02-01 - 2022-01-31

Project coordinator: Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft Mbh

Project partners: Technikon Forschungs- Und Planungsgesellschaft Mbh, Centre D'excellence En Technologies De L'information Et De La Communication, Brno University of Technology, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung E.V., Sap Se, Technical University of Munich, University of Bonn, University of Konstanz, Kentro Meleton Asfaleias, Fundacio Eurecat, Fundacion Centro De Tecnologias De Interaccion Visual Y Comunicaciones Vicomtech, Secretariat General De La Defense Et De La Securite Nationale, Institut Mines-Telecom, Thales SIX GTS France SAS, Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale Per L'informatica, Leonardo - Societa Per Azioni, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuanian Cyber ??Crime Competence and Research Center, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Itti Sp. Zo.o, Naukowa I Akademicka Siec Komputerowa - Panstwowy Instytut Badawczy, University of Namur, Fortiss Gmbh, Fundacion Tecnalia Research and Innovation, Yes We Hack, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto Superiore Delle Comunicazioni E Delle Tecnologie Dell'informazione, "Security Made In Letzebuerg", University of Luxembourg, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons, Stowarzyszenie Polska Platforma Bezpieczenstwa Wewnetrznego, CESNET Zajmove Sdruzeni Pravnickych osob, CZ. NIC, z. s. p. o., University of Tartu (UT), National Center For Scientific Research "Demokritos", Indra Sistemas Sa, Institut national de recherche en informatique et automatique, Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per Le Telecomunicazioni, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Mykolas Romeris University, Inov Inesc Inovacao - Instituto De Novas Tecnologias

Algimantas Venčkauskas

2019 - 2022

Department of Computer Sciences, Faculty of Informatics