The SPARTA project, part of the European Union’s Cybersecurity Competence Network, has published its first year results in the field of cybersecurity research and innovation (R&I). The project will present its results at its first online Brokerage Event on June 22.
The Brokerage Event will feature key project achievements, including project publications and deliverables. SPARTA focuses on improving cybersecurity R&I in Europe by creating a next-generation collaboration system in the region. One of the project’s focus areas is improving EU-US cooperation in cybersecurity, a priority also shared by AEGIS.
In addition, Yolanda Ursa, AEGIS project coordinator and director of innovation management at Inmark Europa, will also be attending the online Brokerage Event. She will outline why EU-US cybersecurity cooperation is important in the covid-19 era.
AEGIS will leverage the following SPARTA results and use them to foment transatlantic cybersecurity cooperation:
The SPARTA roadmap identifies the main challenges in cybersecurity R&I, including: full-spectrum situational awareness; secure-by-design intelligent infrastructure; continuous assessment and evaluation tools for digital systems; and reliable AI systems. Nonetheless, the consortium also identified transversal challenges in the areas of cybersecurity education and training and certification organization and support.
There is a serious gap in the cybersecurity workforce in Europe. SPARTA highlights that in Europe alone, there is a gap of 291,000 professionals. To fill the skills gap, EU governments, academia, industry, society and professionals must play an active role and have discussions using a common language so that key actors can understand each other. The SPARTA Cybersecurity Skills Framework is based on the structure of the U.S.-based National Initiative for Cybersecurity (NICE) and the Joint Research Center’s cybersecurity domains and taxonomy.
SPARTA analyzes cybersecurity through an ethical and legal lens. The project notes that security as a value refers to objective and subjective conditions. In the objective sense, security refers to risk management and loss prevention. Meanwhile, in the subjective sense, it refers to a personal feeling that is unique for every person and dependent on the context in that situation. Cybersecurity cannot be analyzed without discussing privacy and data protection and considering key questions.