Fratantoni, P., Frascà, D., Zanasi, A. (2023). Maritime drones: role in the military doctrines of NATO and EU Member States, market study and procurement needs

D. Frascà, P. Fratantoni and A. Zanasi, “Maritime drones: role in the military doctrines of NATO and EU Member States, market study and procurement needs,” 2023 IEEE International Workshop on Technologies for Defense and Security (TechDefense), Rome, Italy, 2023, pp. 170-175, doi: 10.1109/TechDefense59795.2023.10380950


Giorgi, G., Cristofori, D., Zanasi, A. (2021). The European Commission contribution to cybersecurity through the ECHO project

Our paper “The European Commission contribution to cybersecurity through the ECHO project” has been published in IEEE Xplore, after being presented at the 2021 14th CMI International Conference – Critical ICT Infrastructures and Platforms (CMI).


This paper introduces the work carried out within the project ECHO (European network of Cybersecurity centres and competence Hub for innovation and Operations), one of the four pilot projects financed under the H2020 framework aiming to connect and share knowledge across multiple domains, while building a common cybersecurity strategy for Europe, inside the framework of the European Cybersecurity Competence Center located in Bucharest.


The question we tried to answer to is: what can EU countries do to strengthen the Union’s cyber defence and ensure a secure cybersecurity ecosystem that would protect citizens, economy and infrastructures from cyber-attacks? We believe that the first step is to assure that EU citizens are aware of these risks and are ready to fight them. To this purpose, ECHO project develops:

  1. a marketplace of multi-sector services coming from multiple cyber ranges, the E-FCR (ECHO Federated Cyber Range), to be applied in several areas (e.g. Healthcare),
  2. a distributed platform, the E-EWS (ECHO Early Warning System), for information sharing across organizational boundaries that provides companies with a common operational cyber threat situation picture tailored for different types of users (from technical cyber experts to management executives).


This paper gives an overview of the architecture of the abovementioned solutions, highlighting why they could become paramount for a standardised cybersecurity training at European and international levels.



Pałka, N., Kowalski, M., Giorgi, G., Venturi, G., Zanasi, A. et al (2020). Human Factor Based Failures In Technology Forecasting

Norbert Pałka, Marcin Kowalski, Tadeusz Szczurek, Elżbieta Czerwińska, Michał Walczakowski, Artur Grudzień, Alessandro Zanasi, Graziano Giorgi, Giulia Venturi, Giuseppe Vella, Piero Scrima, Edward Hobbs. Human Factor Based Failures In Technology Forecasting
Journal of Defence & Security Technologies, Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 3, p.42-54 (2020)


ECHO project – The COVID-19 Hackers Mind-set

MODENA, 15/04/2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has led not only to serious health and medical issues, but also to a huge increase in terms of cyberattacks. In order to face the escalation of such phenomenon, the ECHO network of cybersecurity centres joined forces to enhance its COVID-19 Cyber Defence Alliance. The combined effort of experts from 15 EU countries – including Zanasi & Partners – led to the drafting of a whitepaper, showing how this pandemic offers criminals the opportunity to target, through traditional attack techniques, a greater number of potential victims, resulting from the massive increase in companies and employees working from home, as well as children and young people who use computer for school and university education.

The full report is available at

Maniscalco, M.L., Rosato, V. (2019). Preventing Radicalisation and Terrorism in Europe – A comparative analysis of policies (Chapters 8 and 9)

MODENA, 08/10/2019. Zanasi & Partners is glad to announce the publication of a new book – “Preventing Radicalisation and Terrorism in Europe – A comparative analysis of policies” – which relies on the experience developed within the EC-funded TRIVALENT (Terrorism pReventIon Via rAdicaLisation countEr-NarraTive) project. The book – prefaced by Prof. Luigi Moccia (TRIVALENT Project Coordinator), authored by Prof. Maria Luisa Maniscalco and Prof. Valeria Rosato (Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy) with the contribution of Dr. Santina Musolino (Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy), Prof. Cindy du Bois (Royal Military Academy, Belgium) and Dr. Willy Bruggerman (President of the Belgian Federal Police Board, Belgium) – offers an updated and critical assessment of the main anti-terrorism and anti-radicalisation policies implemented by five European countries (Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), as well as of their strengths, weaknesses, peculiarities and differences, identifying possible evolutionary lines and proposing a series of recommendations for policy-makers in their efforts to tackle the radicalisation phenomenon.

Z&P’s team – composed by Ing. Alessandro Zanasi, Dr. Giovanni Vassallo and Dr. Angelo Rollo – has also relied on the expertise gained in the EC-funded CICERO (CounternarratIve Campaign for prEventing RadicalisatiOn) project to provide a relevant analysis on the role of civil society in policies to prevent radicalisation and terrorism in Europe, in particular:

  • Chapter Eight “The Role of Civil Society in Policies to Prevent Radicalisation and Terrorism in Europe” by Alessandro Zanasi
  • Chapter Nine “Recommendations for New Policies” by Giovanni Vassallo and Angelo Rollo


More information on the book at

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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