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SPARTA Data Sharing Infrastructure

24th Jun 2021
Data sharing is one of the key aspects of building a comprehensive cybersecurity concept within the T-SHARK programme. Shared cyber incident-related data, extracted using different technological tools; structured contextual information from different sources makes it possible to connect separate events, better understand targets and build situation awareness in the whole ecosystem. 

The specially developed SPARTA Data Sharing infrastructure consists of the integration of two main existing sharing platforms: the “MISP Threat Sharing’’ systems and the “C3ISP Collaborative and Confidential Information Sharing and Analysis for Cyber Protection’’ system. The main frontend of the SPARTA Data Sharing Infrastructure will be represented by the MISP data-sharing platform because the MISP graphical user interface offers a wide number of functionalities to help users in their searches and analysis and, at the same time, it is very easy and intuitive to be used. Secondly, the data format used t...
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ROUNDATABLE: “From education, going through the R&D&i, towards the Intelligent Company”

17th Jun 2021
Last week the “VI National Cybersecurity Research Days” conference ( was held in Spain, in which Ana Ayerbe from TECNALIA presented SPARTA in a roundtable organised by the Spanish Chapter of the Women4Cyber initiative.

The roundtable covered the different issues related to the cybersecurity supply chain, starting with the education needs to cover the talent gap, going through the different efforts in the Research and Development area, to finalise with the technological transfer of technologies and solutions towards the companies, and the creation of Cybersecurity startups.

The roundtable started with a presentation by Mar Lopez from the National Cybersecurity Department (DSN) that talked about the status of Cybersecurity at Spanish level, the talent needs and the gender and diversity dimension introducing the Women4Cyber initiative.

After that, two entrepreneurs talked about their experience in the Cybersecurity world: Azucena Hernández, CEO of EUROC...
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Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria & SPARTA Cybersecurity Curricula Designer

7th Jun 2021
Today we are happy to share with you that, within the context of the Go Cyber with SPARTA campaign, promoted by WP12 – Dissemination and Communication – and leveraged by WP9 – Cybersecurity Training and Awareness, SPARTA has delivered a workshop on how to successfully design and implement a bachelor study program on cybersecurity to the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC).

The first session of the workshop started off with a brief presentation of the SPARTA project, the *Go Cyber with SPARTA** campaign and the far-reaching work of the WP9, that already counts with the deployment of a Cybersecurity Skills Framework, a user- friendly Cybersecurity Education Map and an intuitive Cybersecurity Curricula Designer, a tool that connects education providers with cybersecurity job market.

The second session, led by Edmundas Piesarskas, was dedicated to explaining the challenges that the EU is facing in the cybersecurity domain and how a Cybersecurity Skills Framework is part o...
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pz → Python instead of Bash

7th May 2021
author: Edvard Rejthar

translation: Petra Raszková


I would like to present you the pz utility as pythonize, intended for a command line user with knowledge of Python. Current Linux distributions have many efficient tools for input processing at their disposal. But have you ever wished that you could use Python syntax instead?

Do you often browse through the manual, and trying to find out how do those switches for formatting behave? Do you find the Bash source code difficult to read? Then, this article is meant for you.

You will learn how to write a simple program and how the program is evaluated, which variables are available. You will find out a few words about auto-import, switches and also some examples of use.

The command line is an outstanding user interface which is characterized by stunning global (if not) enthusiasm, then range. It is possible to connect to the terminal almost on the last washing machine. Some users are afraid of using of the command line, however so...
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A First Look at Android Applications in Google Play related to Covid-19

29th Apr 2021
The APKcovid work aims at evaluating the security and efficiency of covid tracing applications, to ensure that these applications limit themselves to the purpose of contact tracing and do not intrude into user privacy by accessing unnecessary information available in the smartphone.

Paper available at:

To appear in Springer Empirical Software Engineering, 2021

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VACSINE - Security remediation at the Edge

25th Apr 2021
Vacsine provides a lightweight security orchestration, automation and response tool to deploy on the fly security policies to respond to changing operating conditions and active threats.

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APProver tool: providing a security evaluation of apps

22nd Apr 2021
The APProver tool aims at providing a security evaluation of apps embedded in smartphones, to verify compliance with security policies and do not include malware.

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SPARTA CAPE tool: detecting and mitigating side-channel vulnerabilities

18th Apr 2021
This SPARTA tool, developed within CAPE program, aims at detecting and mitigating side-channel vulnerabilities, attacks that have significantly risen with the publication of SPECTRE or MELTDOWN, and are particularly difficult to handle.

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Evaluating the security of the open-source software supply chain

12th Apr 2021
This flyer presents a series of tools aiming at evaluating the security of the open-source software supply chain. More specifically, we provide tools to evaluate the consequences of vulnerabilities in open source libraries on the applications that use them

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Security of e-government applications: how to evaluate the impact of vulnerabilities in complex software systems, including significant open source components

12th Apr 2021

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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


SPARTA will create a long-lasting community capable of collaboration to define, develop, share, and evolve solutions that will help practitioners prevent cybercrime and enhance cybersecurity.


Become a unique innovation force in cybersecurity with transformative impacts on European Union economy, infrastructures, society and democracy.

It's a tough road ahead

With one of the most advanced and multi-cultural research ecosystem in the world, the European Union has the means to take on the cybersecurity challenge. Its scientists have the opportunity to become a unique innovation force in cybersecurity with transformative impacts on our economy, infrastructures, society, and democracy.

Yet many challenges need to be addressed before such a vision can be successful.

How can we design and effectively maintain a European roadmap in cybersecurity research?

How might we cultivate out-of-the-box thinking in research endeavours?

What is the most effective way to maintain excellence in multi-disciplinary pursuits?

These first three items are instrumental to foster a culture of risk-taking – a critical asset for creativity in the face of innovative threats.

These last three items are absolutely key to ensure that the SPARTA network will produce concrete and transformative results. More importantly, they are instrumental in making these results suitable for a wide variety of applications in vertical sectors, creating technological vantage points and economic leverage.

How do we sustain strategic analysis and guidance for research and innovation?

What is the best way to implement flexibility in research actions?

How can we leverage the accumulated strengths of the European industry?

Organizing tomorrow's research activities

Governance activities form the backbone of the network, supporting community activities that range from roadmap design to Request for Challenges, from monthly SPARTA Workshops to bi-yearly SPARTA Days. Research programs are continuously spun from strands of the roadmap, led by experts of their fields, and aim at generating concrete and transformative results.

Develop an ambitious Cybersecurity Research and Innovation Roadmap leveraging Europe’s strengths and opportunities, across multiple disciplines, maturity levels, and geographical locations.

Set up space, time, and means to enable research collaborations, leveraging the strengths of existing structures and organisations around a Joint Competence Center Infrastructure.

Explore innovative work in full- spectrum situational awareness, with the goal of enabling the supervision of complex systems over heterogeneous time scales.

Develop a foundation for secure- by-design intelligent infrastructure built on strong formal approaches, addressing multiple cybersecurity facets.

Investigate new avenues for continuous assessment and new evaluation tools and techniques for handling tomorrow's dynamic and elastic digital systems.

Devise approaches to make systems using AI more reliable and resilient through enhanced explainability and better threat understanding.

Foster the emergence of a thriving and responsible research and innovation model, allowing the development of unique innovation paths, contributing to European strategic autonomy.

Establish unparalleled traction with European, national, and regional ecosystems, relaying concrete requirements, disruptive ideas, and novel results through multi-level and cross-network actions and events.