CICERO project (press release)

MODENA, 17/06/2019 – Zanasi & Partners has been awarded the European project CICERO (Counter narrative Campaign for Preventing Radicalisation), coordinated by the University of Turin and funded by the EC’s Internal Security Fund.

The overall objective of the project is to design and develop a campaign with the aim to spread counter-narrative messages addressing individuals at different stages of radicalization, as well as to empower (by enhancing resilience and critical thinking) civil society in the prevention and contrast of such phenomenon.

The project, started in February 2019 and to be implemented for until February 2021, involves technological companies, associations and various policy and research organizations from 3 European Countries (Italy, Spain and Belgium).

More specifically, the project consortium is composed by:

• Università degli Studi di Torino (UNITO);
• Zanasi & Partners (Z&P);
• Centro Studi Internazionali (CeSI);
• Novareckon (NR);
• Society Against Violent Extremism (SAVE);
• Tecoms Srl (TEC);
• European Foundation for Democracy (EFD);
• Confederazione Islamica Italiana (CII);
• Expert System Iberia (ESI);
• Infotron Europa SL (IE).

The project will deal with different kinds of radicalisation narratives, ranging from those related to political and religious extremism, to left-wing, right-wing and single-issue extremism. The aim is to undermine the appeal of the extremist propaganda, while also providing credible and positive alternatives to the related narratives. In order to reach that goal, the CICERO consortium will, at first, identify the target audiences that are considered particularly susceptible to extremist propaganda. The most prominent radicalisation narratives circulating across the EU will be therefore collected and analysed.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of the counter-narrative campaign, the consortium will also develop and implement a multi-level assessment methodology, which will allow to monitor and progressively assess the impact of the campaign itself on the target recipients. More particularly, such campaign will seek to undermine the appeal of contents that either encourage or justify violence – on political, religious, ethnic or social grounds – by means of multimedia messages and contents designed to challenge violent narratives, as well as to provide positive alternatives centered upon the promotion of democratic values and fundamental rights embedded in EU society.

CICERO project

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Zanasi & Partners

Zanasi & Partners (Z&P) is a research and advisory company in the field of security and defence based in Modena. Its expertise includes big data analytics, cyber-security/cyber-defence, social media monitoring, threat, vulnerability and risk assessment. Among its clients, Z&P counts European Commission, ESA, ENISA, FRONTEX, CIRA, Siemens, GEDI Gruppo Editoriale, Booz&Co, as well as several ministries and government agencies falling under European countries and the MENA region.

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Intelligenza artificiale e infrastrutture finanziarie: il contributo europeo alla sicurezza (press release)

MODENA, 03/06/2019 – Quali sono le vulnerabilità delle misure di sicurezza dei sistemi finanziari tradizionali? Come si possono sfruttare le nuove tecnologie informatiche (come la Blockchain, già ampiamente utilizzata nel mondo delle cripto-valute) e gli ultimi sviluppi nell’intelligenza artificiale per difendersi? A queste domande cerca di rispondere il progetto Finsec, finanziato dalla Commissione Europea nell’ambito del programma Horizon 2020.

Iniziato nel maggio 2018 e coordinato da GFT Italia, il progetto coinvolge 23 partner – tra cui IBM e Fujitsu – in 10 paesi europei. Tra le aziende italiane coinvolte troviamo anche Zanasi & Partners, società italiana di ricerca e consulenza in materia di Sicurezza e Difesa.

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ECHO project – Kick-off meeting (press release)

MODENA, 27/02/2019 – The ECHO project (European network of Cybersecurity centres and competence Hub for innovation and Operations) is one of four Pilot projects, launched by the European Commission, to establish and operate a Cybersecurity Competence Network. Amid keynote presentations from supporting representatives of EU agencies and industry, the project was officially launched at the Conference Hall of the Royal Military Academy of Belgium, on February 25th, 2019.

The ECHO project will deliver an organized and coordinated approach to strengthen proactive cyber defence in the European Union, through effective and efficient multi-sector collaboration. The project already involves 30 partners from the East to the West of Europe, and is actively engaging new partners interested to contribute to the cybersecurity resilience of the EU and in reaching the collaboration goals.

Through the project, the ECHO partners will develop, model and demonstrate a network of cybersecurity research and competence, with a centre of research and competence at the hub. While technology companies struggle with a fragmented view of security requirements across industrial sectors and fragmented national policies for security test and certification, the ECHO project will contribute an adaptive model for information sharing and collaboration among the network of partners and related agencies.

The main goal of the project is to organize and optimize the currently fragmented cybersecurity efforts across the EU. The Central Competence Hub will serve as the focal point for the ECHO Multi-sector Assessment Framework enabling multi-sector cybersecurity dependencies analysis and management including:

  • Development of cybersecurity technology roadmaps;
  • Creation of an ECHO Cybersecurity Certification Scheme aligned with ongoing EU efforts;
  • Provision of an ECHO Early Warning System;
  • Operation of an ECHO Federation of Cyber Ranges;
  • Delivery of the ECHO Cyberskills Framework, with training materials and training events;
  • Management of an expanding collection of Partner Engagements.


Through a 48-month work plan significant outcomes will contribute to improvements in the state of cybersecurity resilience across the EU. These significant events include:

  • Early outcomes from the ECHO Multi-sector Assessment Framework in early 2020, with identifiable opportunities for cross-sectoral cybersecurity improvement;
  • Deployment of operational demonstrations of the ECHO Early Warning System and ECHO Federated Cyber Range by mid- 2021, providing value added capabilities to partners and associated organizations.
  • Launch of multi-sector scenario demonstrations in mid-2021 involving technology solutions to cybersecurity challenges across primary sectors of Health Care, Maritime Transportation and Energy as a critical infrastructures, and including related sectors;
  • Ongoing evolution, improvement and adaptation of project outcomes throughout 2022.


The ECHO impact will be far-reaching. ECHO offers sustainable governance for a cybersecurity competence network, increasing the cybersecurity of the Digital Single Market across the EU. ECHO provides multi-centre engagement opportunities for new partners from EU agencies, industries and academia. ECHO’s approach will drive the possibilities to ensure resilient capacities to secure the European digital economy, infrastructures, society, and democracy.

Through collaborative information sharing, ECHO will deliver up-to-date knowledge of cybersecurity challenges, potential risks and threats together with forward-looking solution demonstrations that will contribute to improved understanding of the cybersecurity baseline and promote more effective use of the EU’s cybersecurity capabilities. Ultimately, ECHO will enhance the stakeholders’ capacities with better readiness and improved resilience capabilities.

To make the ECHO vision a concrete reality in Europe, ECHO comprises 30 partners from 15 EU member countries plus Ukraine, representing 13 existing cybersecurity competence centres and comprised of five research institutes in the cybesecurity domain; eleven large enterprises; four SME’s; and ten top level universities in cybersecurity including experts in human factors, experts in legal and ethical issues and communication.

The ECHO project is led by the Project Coordinator, Professor Wim Mees of the Royal Military Academy of Belgium. He is supported by a Project Management Board and a set of functional leaders ensuring success of the project. These supporting leaders include a Project Implementation Coordinator (Matteo Merialdo from RHEA Group); a Scientific and Technical Management Coordinator (Dr. Nikolai Stoianov from the Bulgarian Defence Institute); a Multi-sector Innovation and Exploitation Coordinator (Douglas Wiemer from RHEA Group); and a Quality and Data Management Coordinator (Tiago Carvalho from VisionSpace Technologies).


ECHO project

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Zanasi & Partners

Zanasi & Partners (Z&P) is a research and advisory company in the field of security and defence based in Modena. Its expertise includes big data analytics, cyber-security/cyber-defence, social media monitoring, threat, vulnerability and risk assessment. Among its clients, Z&P counts European Commission, ESA, ENISA, FRONTEX, CIRA, Siemens, GEDI Gruppo Editoriale, Booz&Co, as well as several ministries and government agencies falling under European countries and the MENA region.

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Alessandro ZANASI keynote speaker at the 1st European Conference on EU Funding for Defence and Security Projects (Berlin, 27-28th September 2018)

Zanasi & Partners’ President, Mr. Alessandro ZANASI, will participate as keynote speaker to the “1st European Conference on EU Funding for Defence and Security Projects“, which will take place in Berlin, Germany, on the next 27th and 28th September.



Organised by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law, the event will gather representatives from the EEAS, the defence industry as well as from various European Ministries of Defence (Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Finland), with the aim of discussing the new possibilities and the new challenges related to the European Union’s financing of defence and security actions.


The official brochure of the event can be downloaded here.

Zanasi & Partners – ricerca di personale

Zanasi & Partners (Z&P), azienda leader a livello europeo per quanto riguarda ricerca e consulenza in materia di sicurezza e difesa, sta selezionando per i suoi uffici di Modena i seguenti profili:

  • Ingegneri Informatici o in possesso di titolo equivalente (neolaureati o con fino a 4 anni di esperienza);
  • Laureati in Scienze Politiche/Economiche (neolaureati o con fino a 4 anni di esperienza);
  • Dottori di ricerca (Ph.D.), preferibilmente specializzati in discipline quantitative.


Il lavoro riguarderà:


  1. la collaborazione all’interno di progetti di ricerca internazionali progettati da Z&P e finanziati dalla Commissione Europea. In particolare:
    • ECHO, per la costituzione di un centro di competenze europeo dedicato alla cyber defence;
    • SOCIAL TRUTH, per lo sviluppo di sistemi dedicati al rilevamento automatico di fake news;
    • FINSEC, per garantire la sicurezza delle transazioni finanziarie, utilizzando crittografia e tecnologie blockchain.


Tra i partner di questi progetti: IBM, HP, Fujitsu, CNR, Ministeri della Difesa di Bulgaria, Romania e Polonia.


  1. la partecipazione, in rappresentanza dell’azienda, a meeting, conferenze e workshop internazionali. Il primo di questi eventi, a titolo di esempio, si svolgerà il 22 settembre p.v. ad Istanbul, alla presenza del Primo Ministro turco Hon. Erdogan. Si tratterà di un contest internazionale di hacking nel quale, grazie ad un accordo con gli organizzatori, i partecipanti più brillanti riceveranno una proposta di assunzione da parte di Z&P.


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HackIstanbul 2018

Zanasi & Partners officially supports HackIstanbul 2018, an international cyber security event which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, in September 2018, within the context of the Teknofest event.



HackIstanbul 2018 CTF (Capture the Flag) contest will gather thousands of hackers from 132 countries worldwide to exhibit their skills. Hackers’ skills will be pushed to the limits by advanced real life cyber-attack scenarios prepared under the guidance of world’s foremost experts.


The deadline to register for the contest is September 6th. Hackers who succeed in the preselection stage on September 7th, will gain access to enter the CTF challenge on September 9th. Every stage with different levels of difficulty and complexity will push the hackers to the limits while raising the excitement of the contest to the highest level. Hackers who reach September 9th will face 6th preselection challenge; the 18 hour CTF challenge will carry only the best hackers to the final round.


The top 10 teams who succeed the CTF will be invited to Istanbul for the grand final stage that will be hosted at world’s one of the biggest airports IGA – Istanbul Grand Airport on September 22nd. The hackers will test their skills on the Anti Drone Command&Control Center Cyber Security Test System under development by ASELSAN. The winning team will be awarded 15,000USD grand prize, while the 2nd best team will be awarded 10,000USD and the 3rd team will be awarded 5,000USD. The winners will get their prizes from The President of The Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In addition, the participants who best performed during the event will receive a job offer from Zanasi & Partners.



Download the flyer of the event: here.

BODEGA project showcase at SDW 2018 (25th-27h June 2018 – London, UK)

On the 25th-27thJune 2018, Zanasi & Partners participated to a showcase of the BODEGA project, organised during the SDW Conference and Exhibition 2018. Hosted at the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Centre, a major conference venue located at the heart of London, the event provided the BODEGA consortium with the opportunity to present project results to stakeholders from government and industry as well as from the side of travellers.




Zanasi & Partners played a key role in organising the event. Mr. Alessandro BONZIO, who represented the company at the SDW 2018, chaired a series of public seminar sessions dedicated to BODEGA. During one of the seminars, he presented the findings of BODEGA’s research into data-driven risk analysis at EU borders, exploring the potential of big data analytics techniques in supporting early detection of high-risk travellers.



In addition to the public seminars, the BODEGA project was presented within a session of the SDW Conference themed “Intelligence and Innovation at the Border” as well as at BODEGA’s own exhibition stand available throughout the SDW 2018.


BODEGA is a research project funded by the European Commission’s under the Horizon 2020 programme, which started in June 2015 and is scheduled to end in September 2018. The aim of the project is to develop an expertise about human factors and border crossing at European level, in order to enhance the efficiency of border control procedures with no negative side effects towards the end-users, both travellers and border guards.


Besides BODEGA, Z&P is currently involved in also another research project in the border control domain, called TRESSPASS, which kicked-off in Athens in early June 2018.

TRESSPASS project – Kick-off meeting (press release)


EU border security: Zanasi & Partners participates in a new research project funded by the European Commission


MODENA, 25/06/2018 – In the face of an increasing number of travellers, migration flows and terrorist threats exert an unprecedented pressure on the European authorities in charge of border control activities. The TRESSPASS project, through which Europe aims to ease this scenario, started in Athens on the last June 8th, run by a consortium that includes Zanasi & Partners, an Italian research and advisory company specialised in the fields of security and defence.


The aim of TRESSPASS, funded by the European Commission through the programme Horizon 2020, is to develop an innovative model for the EU border management based on the real-time risk assessment of travellers, with the goal of increasing the border security of Member States. The proposed approach is focused on the assessment of the risk posed by individual travellers by using dedicated risk indicators, whose value can be calculated through the use of technologies and processes developed by the partners of the project. Depending on the estimated risk level, it will be possible to adapt the intensity of the controls to which each traveller will be subject. This measure will enable authorities to maintain the desired security level and reduce the operational costs without undermining trust and satisfaction of travellers. Crucial to the implementation of this model will be the development and integration of enabling technologies – from web intelligence systems and behavioural analysis to identification and monitoring techniques for people and baggage – activities that will however occur within a rigid framework of ethical and legal nature.


Zanasi & Partners has be given the responsibility to interface with the stakeholders and define the indicators needed for performing the risk assessment. Thanks to the experience acquired in TRESSPASS, the company aims at enriching its offer in the field of border control, which is already composed of services such as:

  • Protection of rail, port and airport infrastructures from electromagnetic attacks, as well as from cyber, nuclear and radioactive threats;
  • Contrast to the illegal trade of hazardous waste;
  • Improvement of the border patrol performance by relying on the human factor;
  • Training of border patrol to the use of Open Source Intelligence techniques (OSINT).


Active in Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Zanasi & Partners has also a broad expertise in big data analytics, cyber-security/cyber-defence, social media monitoring, risk assessment and strategic use of technologies.


The TRESSPASS project, which will last 42 months and have an overall budget of around 8 million euro, is coordinated by the National Centre of Scientific Research “Demokritos”, an important Greek multidisciplinary research centre. Amongst the other members of the consortium, composed of 22 organisations from 10 different European countries, there are multinational and small specialised companies, as well as universities and research institutes, port and airport operators and border authorities of EU Member States.



For further information on the TRESSPASS project


Zanasi & Partners

Zanasi & Partners (Z&P) is a research and advisory company in the field of security and defence based in Modena. Its expertise includes big data analytics, cyber-security/cyber-defence, social media monitoring, threat, vulnerability and risk assessment. Among its clients, Z&P counts European Commission, ESA, ENISA, FRONTEX, CIRA, Siemens, GEDI Gruppo Editoriale, Booz&Co, as well as several ministries and government agencies falling under European countries and the MENA region.   

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Sicurezza delle frontiere UE: Zanasi & Partners partecipa a nuovo progetto di ricerca finanziato dalla Commissione Europea


MODENA, 25/06/2018 – Flussi migratori e minaccia terroristica, a fronte di un numero sempre maggiore di viaggiatori, esercitano una pressione senza precedenti sulle autorità adibite ai controlli di frontiera. Il progetto TRESSPASS, con cui l’Europa si propone di fronteggiare questo scenario, ha preso il via ad Atene lo scorso 8 giugno da un consorzio di cui fa parte Zanasi & Partners, società italiana di ricerca e consulenza in materia di sicurezza e difesa.


L’obiettivo di TRESSPASS, finanziato dalla Commissione Europea tramite il programma Horizon 2020, è quello di sviluppare un modello innovativo per la gestione dei confini UE, basato sulla valutazione del rischio, al fine di rendere più sicure le frontiere dei Stati Membri.


L’approccio proposto è incentrato sulla valutazione del rischio rappresentato dai singoli viaggiatori utilizzando appositi indicatori di rischio, il cui valore viene calcolato tramite il ricorso a tecnologie e processi sviluppati dai partner del progetto. A seconda del livello di rischio stimato, sarà possibile adattare l’intensità dei controlli a cui ciascun viaggiatore sarà sottoposto, affinché le autorità possano mantenere il livello di sicurezza desiderato e ridurre i propri costi operativi senza minare fiducia e soddisfazione dei viaggiatori. Fondamentale per la messa in pratica di tale modello sarà lo sviluppo e l’integrazione di tecnologie abilitanti – da sistemi di web intelligence e analisi comportamentale a tecniche di individuazione e monitoraggio di persone e bagagli – attività che avverranno tuttavia entro un rigida cornice di carattere etico e legale.


A Zanasi & Partners è affidata la responsabilità di interfacciarsi con gli stakeholder e di definire gli indicatori necessari alla valutazione del rischio. Grazie all’esperienza acquisita in TRESSPASS, l’azienda punta ad arricchire la propria offerta in ambito di “border control”, già composta da servizi quali:

  • Protezione di infrastrutture ferroviarie, portuali e aeroportuali da attacchi elettromagnetici, minacce cyber e nucleari/radioattive;
  • Contrasto al traffico illecito di rifiuti pericolosi;
  • Miglioramento delle performance delle guardie di frontiera facendo leva sul fattore umano;
  • Addestramento delle guardie di frontiera all’utilizzo di tecniche di Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).


Attiva in Europa, Medio Oriente e Nord Africa, Zanasi & Partners vanta competenze anche in materia di big data analytics, cyber-security/cyber-defence, social media monitoring, risk assessment ed uso strategico delle tecnologie.


A guidare il progetto TRESSPASS, che avrà una durata di 42 mesi e beneficerà di un budget complessivo di circa 8 milioni, è il National Centre of Scientific Research “Demokritos”, centro di ricerca multidisciplinare greco. Tra gli altri membri del consorzio, composto da 22 organizzazioni provenienti da 10 paesi europei, vi sono società multinazionali e piccole aziende specializzate, università e istituti di ricerca, operatori portuali ed aeroportuali e autorità di frontiera di Stati Membri dell’UE.



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Zanasi & Partners

Zanasi & Partners (Z&P) è una società di ricerca e consulenza in materia di sicurezza e difesa di sede a Modena. Tra le proprie competenze: big data analytics, cyber-security/cyber-defence, social media monitoring, threat, vulnerability e risk assessment.

Z&P annovera tra i suoi clienti: Commissione Europea, ESA, ENISA, FRONTEX, CIRA, Siemens, GEDI Gruppo Editoriale, Booz&Co, oltre a diversi ministeri ed agenzie governative facenti capo a Paesi europei, mediorientali e nordafricani.

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Workshop on “European Strategic Technology Foresight” (21st June 2018 – La Spezia, Italy)

Zanasi & Partners and Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, in collaboration with the Italian Defence General Secretariat – National Armaments Directorate, have organised a workshop dedicated to “European Strategic Technology Foresight”. The workshop will take place on the 21st of June 2018, at the Arsenale Militare Marittimo in La Spezia, Italy, and will be hosted within SeaFuture 2018, one of the most prestigious events – exhibition & business convention – in the naval, shipbuilding and maritime sector with the unique feature of dual use, both in the civil and military sectors.



Main Theme:

European Strategic Technology Foresight


Executive Summary:

The workshop will present the results of a survey carried out within the context of the PYTHIA project, funded Organized by the European Commission in the Preparatory Action on Defence Research framework, aimed at assessing what are the most commonly used technology foresight methodologies in both the military and the industrial domains. All the methodologies identified will be thoroughly analysed, extrapolating several interesting findings that will be described during the speech.




The event will represent an opportunity to showcase the PYTHIA project, funded by the European Defence Agency under the framework of the Preparatory Action for Defence Research (PADR) (grant agreement No. 800893).