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The CyberSuite Project, Under the Digital Europe Programme Kicks Off

The CyberSuite project held its kick-off meeting on January 25th and 26th in Athens, Greece. This SME Support Actions project, funded under Digital Europe Programme, officially began on January 1st, 2024 and will run for a total of 36 months.

Mr. Sozos Karageorgiou, R&D Senior Project Manager and Dr. Elisavet Grigoriou, R&D Program Manager, represented eBOS at the meeting, which was led by the Project Coordinator, Ubitech Limited (UBITECH). The meeting was attended by the project’s 12 partners and included presentations by the partners on the project’s vision and objectives, as well as an overview of the overall project expectations and guidelines by the European Commission’s Project Officer. The partners also discussed the project’s work plan, challenges, risks, and implementation schedule.

As small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) pursue digital transformation, their demand for security, privacy, and awareness of cyber threats increases dramatically. SMEs, unlike larger corporations, often lack the resources for implementing robust long-term cybersecurity measures, making them appealing targets for cybercriminals seeking lower-risk options. In addition, with the constant adoption of new technologies and resources, SMEs create numerous entry points for potential cyber-attacks. Each new addition to their systems becomes a potential target for cyber threats, expanding the scope for security breaches. Furthermore, contemporary architectures, often reliant on distributed services, exposed API endpoints, microservices, and containers, present a significantly larger attack surface. Protecting these intricate systems becomes a daunting task as the attack vectors multiply and become harder to safeguard. Finally, SMEs often lack access to frameworks that help them classify risks effectively and ensure compliance with existing regulations. This deficiency can leave them exposed to unforeseen vulnerabilities due to inadequate risk assessment.

Despite the continuously shifting cyber threat landscape, many SMEs lack a systematic approach to ensuring cybersecurity and when faced with cyber-attacks, struggle to recover and ultimately cease operations within six months, while very few have cyber insurance. The impact of these incidents on SMEs is substantial, leading to financial losses, reputational damage, client losses, recruitment challenges, and difficulties in securing new business.

The CyberSuite project targets those challenges by focusing on simplifying the complexities involved in cybersecurity services by streamlining their design, configuration, deployment, and management to cater to SMEs lacking dedicated cybersecurity resources. Furthermore, the project aims to bridge the market gap by providing an easily accessible cybersecurity services marketplace for SMEs, promoting simplicity and accessibility in high-level security, privacy, and trust. Additionally, the project aims to ensure seamless integration and interoperability among diverse cybersecurity tools and services within a unified platform, fostering an ecosystem where these solutions collaborate effectively. The project also includes support measures for both supply and demand, conducting a maturity and integration phase of the solutions (supply) and a large-scale demonstration involving four end-users from different sectors with a hybrid online and in-person strategy to engage commercial partners and customers (demand). Finally, past EU-funded research outcomes will be leveraged, aiming to augment both the marketplace and the solutions provided by drawing on previous knowledge and innovations.

Within CyberSuite, eBOS will spearhead efforts and activities concerning the successful standardization, roadmap creation, and commercialization process for the CyberSuite marketplace and its solutions in the global market, aiming for TRL9 and CRL9 levels. This involves overseeing existing and potential competitors, identifying feasible business models to deliver solutions that are both effective and affordable for customers. Additionally, the task entails generating a comprehensive market analysis and investigating the regulatory landscape within the cybersecurity market to ensure optimal impact and strategic positioning of project outcomes. This analysis encompasses technological trends, risk assessment, ethical considerations, systemic efficacy, and crucial needs and gaps. Employing SWOT/PESTLE analysis alongside a socioeconomic assessment will serve as key business tools during this comprehensive evaluation.

Additionally, eBOS will lead the development of a coherent dissemination and communication plan carefully designed to identify relevant audiences and stakeholders to maximize overall outreach and impact deliver outreach. This plan will involve developing channels and strategies for the successful adoption of cybersecurity solutions. It will also encompass creating a detailed description of the website and marketplace, housing project details, news, and events related to market outreach. Additionally, the plan will define content management for project results and documentation, including user-experience videos, testimonials, and materials from events and dissemination activities. The website will serve as the primary reference point for all project actions, feeding digital channels utilised for branding and marketing purposes.

Finally, eBOS is responsible for the development of the Business Model, overseeing the implementation and management frameworks designed for TRL, CRL, and IRL. This involves addressing various aspects including the value proposition, supply chain management, economic considerations (CAPEX, OPEX, revenues), legal, ethical, and regulatory factors. Moreover, eBOS will explore funding opportunities for the commercialization of mature solutions. Alongside, there’s a focus on prioritizing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection and innovation management to bolster uptake frameworks and integrate the innovation management system. These efforts aim to harness technical and business experiences generated by the project.

More information about the project can be obtained from the project website, available soon.

Co-Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or Digital Europe Programme. Neither the European Union nor Digital Europe Programme can be held responsible for them.