SECONOMICS goal is synthtesizing sociological, economic and security sciente into a usable, concrete, actionable knowledge for policy makers and social planners responsible for citizens security.

The project is driven by industry case studies and will specifically identify security threats in transport (air and urban and super urban metro) and critical infrastructure. The research focus places social science and political science at the heart of the modeling framework. In particular the project seeks to explore the challenges of pan European coordination in security outcomes for transport and critical infrastructure. 

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Supporting fundamentAl rights, PrIvacy and Ethics in surveillaNce Technologies


SAPIENT is a 36-month collaborative project providing strategic knowledge on the state of the art of surveillance studies, emerging smart surveillance technologies, and the adequacy of the existing legal framework. In addition to addressing these core research goals, the project entails the development and validation of scenarios around future smart surveillance systems, and will apply the best elements of existing PIA (privacy impact assessment) methodologies to construct a surveillance related PIA framework.
The work of the project will lead to a practical handbook which will help policy makers, technology developers and other stakeholders to better understand how and when smart surveillance should be used, and apply criteria to assure that such systems respect the privacy of citizens. This project started in March 2011 and is co-funded by the European Commission, DG Enterprise under Grant 261698.

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perception Public of security and privacy: Assessing knowledge, Collecting evidence, Translating research into action

Commission. The overarching goal of PACT is to carry out a root and branch review of public perception of privacy and security, to collect empirical evidence and to translate research into a Privacy Reference Framework (PRF) and a Decision Support System (DSS) for security technologies.

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Societal Security and Risk

The programme aims at increasing the knowledge about threats, dangers and vulnerability, about how unwanted events can be prevented and crises management be strengthened, whilst respecting basic human rights and privacy.

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Network for the Economic Analysis of Terrorism

The Network for the Economic Analysis of Terrorism (NEAT) is a group of leading European researchers in the economic analysis of terrorism, security, and anti-terror policies. The network aims to strengthen understanding of the economic impacts of terrorism and anti-terror policies, and thereby enhance European security, economic development, and research.

This project aims to foster economics of security as a discipline, strengthen the communication and collaboration between economists, and offer opportunities for young researchers to specialize in security economics. The network provides a framework where researchers cooperate on the analysis of causes, dynamics, and long-term effects of terrorism and European anti-terror policies. Research outputs from this approach promote an in-depth understanding of insecurity threats emerging from terrorism, as well as uncover the much-needed information base for effective national, European, and global security policies that are economically relevant.

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European Security Economics

EUSECON (A New Agenda for European Security Economics) is a four-year collaborative research project that analyzes the causes, dynamics, and long-term effects of both human-induced insecurity threats and European security policies.

The EUSECON project broadly defines “insecurity” to include terrorism and organized crime. The project’s focus is on the human drivers of insecurity. The consortium utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to promote in-depth understanding of insecurity threats emerging from terrorism and organized crime. It aims to uncover the much-needed information base for effective domestic and international security policy. There will also be an emphasis on identifying and limiting the costs of anti-terror policies, in order to achieve secure growth.

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Integration of Security Technology Supply Chains and identification of weaknesses and untapped potential

SecureCHAINS project aims to actively involve researchers, SMEs, government institutions, major companies and big industrial enterprises to look at technologies capable of tackling a number of major topics in the field of security in Europe, such as:

  • Security of citizens
  • Security of infrastructures and utilities
  • Intelligent surveillance and border security
  • Restoring security and safety in case of crisis

The SecureCHAINS project has as a main mission to contribute to a more competitive STSC. To reach this, the projects consortium will cooperate with the industry to gain a better understanding of the nature and structure of the STSC from prime contractors to subcontractors coming from the various tiers of the supply chains.

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OSMOSIS is a web portal that offers to all the organizations operating in the Security sector support in being involved in RTD projects at European level, through networking and partnering opportunities, as well as getting useful information and tools to enhance the active participation in research programmes.

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Policy and Security Configuration Management

PoSecCo aims at improving the security and compliance level of IT service providers, while lowering the costs caused by the management of security requirements.

At the heart of the PoSecCo approach is the creation of a transparent, reliable, and sustainable link between security requirements on one side, and technical security configuration settings on the other side.

This link interconnects models of various kinds, starting with formalized requirements down to system models that describe the actual landscape and the IT services realized therein.


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The Network of Excellence on Engineering Secure Future Internet Software Services and Systems (NESSoS) aims at constituting and integrating a long lasting research community on engineering secure software-based services and systems.
The NESSoS engineering of secure software services is based on the principle of addressing security concerns from the very beginning in system analysis and design, thus contributing to reduce the amount of system and service vulnerabilities and enabling the systematic treatment of security needs through the engineering process
The research excellence of NESSoS will contribute to increase the trustworthiness of the Future Internet by improving the overall security of software services and systems.

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