The European Commission has recently announced that two research project proposals – presented by Zanasi & Partners within the context of the Horizon 2020 Secure societies work programme – have been selected for funding.
The two projects are FINSEC (Integrated Framework for Predictive and Collaborative Security of Financial Infrastructure) and TRESSPASS (robusT Risk basEd Screening and alert System for PASSengers and luggage).
The FINSEC project, presented in response to topic CIP-01-2016-2017, by putting together major players in physical and IT security, aims at studying and developing innovative solutions for the (cyber-)security needs of the financial sector as a whole. Coordinated by GFT Italy, the FINSEC consortium comprises a total of 23 partners, including big names from the IT (Atos, IBM, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard) and financial (Barclays, Liberbank) sectors. The project will work with an estimated budget of 10,194,437.50€ (7,817,631.25€ EC contribution). Zanasi & Partners will coordinate a work package dedicated to dissemination, communication and exploitation. At the same time, leveraging on its skills and expertise in cyber-security, risk assessment and big data analytics, Z&P will provide a horizontal contribution to the whole project.
TRESSPASS, submitted in response to topic SEC-15-BES-2017, aims at developing a new cohesive risk-based concept of border management and demonstrating its validity in real scenarios. Coordinated by the Greek research centre Demokritos, the TRESSPASS consortium comprises a total of 22 partners, including three border guard authorities (from the Netherlands, Greece, and Poland) and other end users such as the Schiphol airport and the Piraeus Port Authority. The project will work with an estimated budget of 9,299,391.25€ (7,901,470.75€ EC contribution). Within the TRESSPASS project, besides contributing to the definition of a Big Data-based risk assessment methodology for border control, Zanasi & Partners will notably lead a work package dedicated to the collection of end user requirements and needs.
Both projects are expected to kick-off in the first half of 2018 and will last respectively for 36 (FINSEC) and 42 (TRESSPASS) months.