Consortium Partners

Center for Security Studies (KEMEA)


KEMEA has been established as the Greek Ministry of Citizen Protection (former Public Order & Citizen Protection) think tank on security policies. KEMEA is a scientific, consulting and research agency, whose purpose is to conduct theoretical and applied research and to produce studies, particularly at a strategic level, on issues concerning security policies. KEMEA also provides advisory and consulting services to the Ministry of Citizen Protection and other Public and Private authorities on these same issues. KEMEA up to now is successfully participating in more than 60 Projects of the EC, ESA and of National Resources.

It has also represented the Greek Government to the European Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF) of the European Commission and is a Member to the Board of Directors of the European Organization for Security (EOS). KEMEA has been appointed in 2011 (Presidential Decree No39/06.05.2011) as the “National Contact Point” for the protection of ECIs (“EPCIP contact point”) of Directive 2008/114/EC of the Council of December 8th 2008 “regarding the definition and designation of the European Critical infrastructures and the assessment of the need to improve the protection of such infrastructures”




European Dynamics (ED)


European Dynamics Luxemburg SA (ED) is a leading Information Technologies service provider and software developer, operating internationally as a group of companies with offices and antennas in Athens, Berlin, Basel, Brussels, Copenhagen, London, Luxembourg, Nicosia, Stockholm, etc. The group designs, develops, supports and operates complex IT systems and commercialises a wide range of own software products, using state-of-the-art technologies, to governments, public organizations and private enterprises in more than 47 countries and 4 continents in the world. ED has an extended expertise in the areas of e-Government, e-Business, e- Procurement, e-Collaboration, Customs, Taxation, ICT security.

ED holds an ISO 9001:2015 certification for ICT systems integration as well as for software design and development and an ISO 27001:2013 certification for its hosting services platforms and has obtained the Certificate of Assurance for compliance with the requirements of the United Kingdom’s Cyber Essentials Scheme. The group uses advanced methodologies in all its activities based on well-known international standards such as UML, RUP, PRINCE2, Agile and ITIL in order to ensure high quality services for its clients. ED also holds a NATO and EU secret security clearance and applies state-of-the-art standards in ICT security (e.g. COBIT).




Information Technology Institute (CERTH)


Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), one of the largest research centres in Greece, participates through its Information Technologies Institute (ITI) and in particular through the Multimedia Knowledge and Social Data Analytics Laboratory (MKLab). MKLab has significant research experience and scientific expertise in the (cyber)security domain (including cyber-security, fight crime and terrorism, border surveillance and crisis management), particularly on Web and social media monitoring and mining, Semantic integration from heterogeneous sources, Artificial Intelligence methods (including machine and deep learning methods), Computer vision, Big multimedia data retrieval and visual analytics. In recent years, the team has coordinated and participated in more than 60 European and National research projects and also exploits the generated results of European projects through its spin-off company Infalia.




Cybercrime Research Institute GmbH (CRI)


The Cybercrime Research Institute (CRI) is a privately-operated think-tank and research institution. It was founded in 2009 by Prof. Dr. Marco Gercke. The purpose of the institute is to provide state of the art research and consultancy service related to strategic, legal, policy and leadership matters to private and public sector. Since the foundation CRI has been operating on all continents and provided services to numerous governments and Fortune 500 companies. The headquarter with one of the largest libraries in the field of Cybercrime and Cybersecurity literature is located in Cologne, Germany.


CRI participates in various research project – both privately funded as well as funded by international institutions such as the European Union. Members of the institute are and were advising various bodies such as Interpol, Europol, United Nations, International Telecommunication Union, Council of Europe and numerous governments. The researchers affiliated with CRI gave more than 2500 speeches and published more than 250 scientific articles and books in the field of Cybercrime and Cybercrime –including New York Times bestseller.


CRI hosts an innovation lab that focuses on future technology and the implications for security and society. Current research and developments include artificial intelligence/machine learning, robots and drones. The innovation department is actively developing solutions and in addition participates in different research projects.




InCites Consulting SA (INCITES)


inCITES Consulting is an innovative research and advisory firm based in Luxembourg since 2013 specialising in the ICT sector. Our mission is to support business and technology leaders make informed decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Our executives have extensive experience in network engineering and the economics of the ICT sector with more than 100 scientific publications and over 300 citations in the past 20 years. The list of our satisfied customers includes some of the largest telecoms operators, vendors, integrators, universities and telecom regulators globally. We also act as a trusted research and innovation partner for several research and innovation projects.




Sheffield Hallam University (CENTRIC)


CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organised Crime Research) is a multidisciplinary, security-focused research centre at Sheffield Hallam University. The strategic aim of CENTRIC is to develop and facilitate the collaboration between four key stakeholders in the security domain: Citizens, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA’s), Industry and Academia. Consequently, CENTRIC is able to provide solutions to the most pressing global safety and security challenges by delivering ground-breaking research, advanced technological capabilities, professional expertise and training. CENTRIC has close links with a number of local, national and international LEA’s, security specialist groups and international organisations as well as collaborating with leading technology providers. This enables CENTRIC to offer innovative solutions informed by the operational reality of the modern day security sector. The team has experience of more than 20 independent, EU and international research projects. The staff and partners of CENTRIC have a strong applied orientation and proven track record in multiple disciplines.




University of Peloponnese (UOP)


The Department of Informatics and Telecommunications (, University of Peloponnese, is located in Tripoli, Greece, and belongs to the Faculty of Economics and Technology. The Department currently employs 28 full-time and visiting Faculty members and hosts more than 1200 undergraduate students, 200 postgraduate students, and 100 PhD candidates, as well as a large number of post-doctoral researchers and research associates participating in all its research activities. The Cryptography and Security Group participating in the project brings its expertise in a number of security areas and other areas at the cutting edge of technology. The group has substantial experience in EU and nationally funded projects, with a broad network of collaborations that includes several other research groups and companies.




Minds & Sparks GmbH (M&S)


MINDS & SPARKS (M&S) is an independent, non-profit research organisation based in Vienna, Austria fostering science, innovation and technology to address major challenges and develop new methods and solutions for a better society. M&S creates strong connections between science and society using interdisciplinary approaches, promoting best practices and raising awareness on research and innovation achievements.

Furthermore, the organisation focuses on improving the sustainability of research and innovation outcomes especially of public funded projects to ensure that spent resources lead to permanent positive impacts for the society as a whole. M&S is formed by a team of highly skilled personnel which holds many years of experience in designing, leading and implementing research and advisory projects.




The University Court of the University of Abertay Dundee (UAD)


Abertay University is a modern University based in Dundee, Scotland (UK). Abertay is a recognised centre of expertise in digital and interactive media and their applications to addressing societal challenges. Abertay has international recognition for activities in teaching and knowledge exchange on computer security; interactive media; social and psychological sciences.  The Division of Cyber Security is Abertay’s new centre for teaching and research in applied computing and mathematics, with particular interests in cybersecurity and computer games technology in terms of research, knowledge exchange and teaching. Academic staff within the Division provide high-quality, research-informed teaching across all of our degree programmes and conduct research and knowledge exchange in areas including ethical hacking and machine learning for cyber security, digital forensics, usable security, and secure software development.




AIRBUS Cybersecurity SAS (ACS)


Airbus CyberSecurity (ACS) is a subsidiary company of Airbus Defence & Space (ADS) specialized in cyber-security. ADS business is mainly oriented in defence, aeronautic domain and protection of critical infrastructures. ACS is working as a service provider (security audits and SOC operator), a system integrator, and a product/software editor. ACS relies on 800 cybersecurity professionals mainly based in France, Germany and UK. ACS delivers reliable cyber security products and services that meet the highest requirements and protect critical infrastructures against cyber threats. Key costumers: critical infrastructures, military and governmental organizations.




Open University of Cyprus (OUC)






Ecole Navale (EN)


The French Naval Academy (École navale) is a military school in charge of the training of the officers of the French Navy. Advanced research is developed within the scope of the Naval Academy Research Institute (NARI) which is a pluri-disciplinary research centre oriented towards the maritime environment (Mechanics and Energy in Naval Environment, Maritime Information Modelling and Processing among other topics). A Chair in Cyber Defence of Naval Systems was created in 2014. It guarantees classified research carried out in secure conditions with experimental testing of new computer and network security for naval systems. Finally, a social and human sciences section composed the Research department as well, especially through the Chair of Resilience and LeaderShip.




CybExer Technologies (CYB)


CybExer Technologies is an Estonian cyber security company specialising on cyber capabilities development with the focus on cyber hygiene, cyber trainings, exercises and Cyber Ranges.


Our Cyber Range Platform is on-premise, easily deployable solution for complex technical cyber security exercises. This cost effective, pay-as-you-go solution allows fast cyber range capability creation in your organization.


Our Technical Cyber Exercises focus at sophisticated technical trainings, such as “capture the flag” or live-fire “blue versus red” team exercises or “red versus red” team exercises. Capture-the-flag exercises tackle methods and tools used by attackers to gain access to IT systems, and potential countermeasures to cope with those attacks.




Athens International Airport S.A. (AIA)








With more than 80.000 employees in 68 countries Thales is a global organization with operations on all continents serving five major markets, all of them of vital importance for our societies: aerospace, space, ground transportation, defense and security, and digital security. From the bottom of the ocean to the depth of space and cyberspace, Thales provides a unique range of technologies and services that make tomorrow possible, today. Thales Research & Technology (TRT) represents Thales in the FORESIGHT project. TRT develops solutions and provide innovations to the Thales product units to enhance and innovate the safety and security of Thales products and services.




Darzhavna Agentsiya Elektronno Upravlenie (CERT-BG)


CERT Bulgaria is the National Center for Incident Response in Information Security. The team’s mission is to improve Bulgarian cyberspace by making it more reliable and secure, through the continuous improvements of national cybersecurity and international cooperation.


CERT Bulgaria is part of the National Institutional Framework of the Republic of Bulgaria and is functioning under the supervision of the Chairman of State e-Government Agency. The main objective of CERT Bulgaria is to offer proactive services to its constituency aimed at mitigating the risks of incidents in information security and assisting with handling such incidents after their occurrence, assistance in recovery from an incident in information security, vulnerability scanning of websites, offering directions for prevention of future incidents in information security. CERT Bulgaria also provides to its constituency preventive and educational services, issues bulletins containing information about the best practices, vulnerabilities, malwares, statistical data and trends, etc.


In order to enhance the quality of its services, CERT Bulgaria strives to share information and gain knowledge in all mechanisms for monitoring incidents in information security at national level, risk analysis, incident response, early alerts and announcements, dissemination of the best practices, training campaigns, awareness raising, etc.




Institut Po Otbrana (BDI)


The Defence Institute “Professor Tsvetan Lazarov” is established in Bulgaria and internationally recognized scientific organization, that has proved its unique expertise in the field of defence and security.


By its essence, the Institute is a unique organizational complex with a proven scientific and expert part. It employs scientists, researchers, engineers and experts with an enormous scientific capacity and experience. In the academic units, more than a half of the Institute’s personnel are academic staff, with respective academic degrees and titles.


Main functions:


  • Scientific and applied research, development and experimental design in areas of armaments, C4I systems, equipment and materials;
  • Development of technical requirements, specifications and expertise for military equipment and systems;
  • Cooperation in the field of research, development, testing and certification of defence products in the frameworks of NATO, EU and on bilateral basis;
  • Certification of Quality Assurance Systems in accordance with NATO Standards;
  • PhD programs development.




Innovative Energy and Information Technologies Ltd (IEIT)


Innovative Energy and Information Technologies LTD (IEIT) provides a vast range of business consultancy and innovative support services mainly in the sectors of Energy and Information Technologies. The business energy and information technologies consultancy specialists have many years of experience and unique expertise in power generation, transmission and distribution networks, smart energy, designing and implementing wholesale energy markets, distributed energy resource technologies, energy efficiency, software development and applications. The IEIT team members have also experience in national and European research and innovation actions projects both as partners and as leaders of demonstration pilots.




Elektroenergien Sistemen Operator EAD (ESO)


Elektroenergien Sistemen Operator – ESO is certified as an Independent Transmission Operator of Bulgaria and is responsible for the common operational planning, coordination and control of the Bulgarian power system and its parallel synchronous operation with neighbouring systems. Its purviews also include transmission grid operation, maintenance and reliable functioning, auxiliary network servicing, as well as maintenance and repair services in the energy sector. It also manages the power transmission through the national grid and administrates the electricity market. In performing parallel synchronous operation with ENTSO-E, ESO, being a key partner in the Balkan region, constantly strives to achieve higher transmission efficiency and asset management performance by introducing and using the innovative methods of planning, maintenance and monitoring. The company has deployed an asset management system (SAP/R3), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA), and Geographic Information System (GIS).




Cez Distribution Bulgaria AD (CEZ)


CEZ Distribution Bulgaria AD is a joint-stock company, 67% of which are owned by CEZ, a.s., Czech Republic, and 33% by other minority shareholders – legal entities and individuals. CEZ Distribution Bulgaria is the largest DSO in Bulgaria. The company operates in West Bulgaria and covers an area of 40 000 sq km. The area operated by CEZ Distribution Bulgaria has 2 930 000 residents.




University of Strathclyde (USTRAT)


The University of Strathclyde is a public research university located in Glasgow, Scotland. Strathclyde is Scotland’s third-largest university by number of students, with students and staff from over 100 countries. The annual income of the institution for 2017–18 was £304.4 million of which ~£68.9 million was from research grants and contracts.  Strathclyde has a portfolio of ~80 European collaborative research contracts funded by the European Commission (the vast majority from the Seventh Framework Programme of Research – FP7) amounting to €29m research income to the University. USTRAT is coordinating six of these.




University of Portsmouth (UOPHEC)


The University of Portsmouth has an enrolment of approximately 23,500 students and 1,490 academic staff. It is ranked in the top 401-500 University in the world by the Times Higher Education World University rankings and 21st by the Guardian University Guide. It is one of only 4 Universities in the South East of England to have been awarded the highest Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence framework.


The University’s contributions will be led by staff in the School of Computing (, who belong to the School’s Cyber Security research group. This group is a part of the cross-University strategic thematic area of Security and Risk ( The Security and Risk research area has over 30 academic staff across different discipline areas (encompassing computing, business, management, humanities and psychology). The School’s Cyber Security research group has 10 academic staff and approximately 20 PhD students. The group is home to the Protective Security and Risk Assessment programme area of the UK’s Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (


The group has extensive expertise in the domain of cyber security, particularly the human and organisational aspects (e.g. security awareness, education and culture, risk assessment, and the usability of security) and technical domains (e.g. biometrics, malware analysis, anonymising networks and the application of computational intelligence algorithms to identify threats). Moreover, the faculty and research staff of Computing have substantial experience in EU and nationally funded projects and has a long track record of R&D work in key areas of security and health related research. This includes activity within in a number of relevant national, European and international collaborative research programmes.