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NASK in the European SPARTA consortium

Re-imagining the way cybersecurity research, innovation, and training are performed in the European Union.

Development of more effective methods of fighting against cyber threats and exchange of experience between European units representing high scientific level and innovation - these are the tasks facing the newly formed SPARTA consortium, which included the National Research Institute NASK.

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 - points out in its press release the French research organisation CEA, which leads the consortium.

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.

Within the project NASK will focus on developing solutions for raising awareness, i.e. gaining specialist knowledge about existing or approaching cyber threats. Areas of interest include new methods of malware analysis, monitoring attacks, with the use of honeypots, as well as tracking the activity of botnets.

The threat detection and analysis systems developed by NASK will be used by CERT Polska to gain unique and important knowledge about current and future threats, necessary for the daily work of the team. The gathered information will be also shared with other CSIRT teams in Europe and worldwide. 

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.

In sharing experiences and excellence, challenges and capabilities, SPARTA makes decisive contributions to European strategic autonomy.