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Consortium Member HMU represents SPHINX at the 1st ECSCI Custer Workshop

On June 24 and 25, 2020, SPHINX took part in a joint event along with ten more H2020 projects; namely FINSEC, SAFECARE, DEFENDER, RESISTO, ANASTACIA, INFRA STRESS, STOP-IT, SATIE, Secure Gas and SmartResilience. These projects are active on the broad sector of cyber and physical security of critical infrastuctures across Europe and constitute the European Cluster for Securing Critical infrastructures – ECSCI.

The cluster is researching how to protect critical infrastructures and services, highlighting differences (approaches, sectors of interest, etc.) between the clustered projects and establishing tight and productive connections with closely related and complementary H2020 projects. In this context, the 1st ECSCI Workshop was held virtually and SPHINX partner, Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU), attended the event. The workshop was dedicated to the cyber and physical protection of critical infrastructures and it was organised by FINSEC project, the coordinator of ECSCI cluster.

​This workshop presented the different approaches on integrated (i.e. cyber and physical) security in seven different industrial sectors, that is finance, healthcare, energy, air transport communications, gas, and water. The peculiarities of critical infrastructure protection in each one of these sectors were discussed and addressed by the different projects of the ECSCI cluster that presented their outcomes, discussing the technical, ethical and societal aspects and the underlying technologies.

Specifically, novel techniques were presented for integrated security modelling, IoT security, artificial intelligence for securing critical infrastructures, distributed ledger technologies for security information sharing and increased automation for detection, prevention and mitigation measures. In this context, Dr. Evangelos Markakis of HMU, gave two keynote presentations as the representative of SPHINX project.

In his first turn, Dr. Markakis presented the identity of the project and the main contributions of SPHINX solution envisioned for the Cybersecurity of the Health sector. The first presentation comprised information about consortium structure of the project, the crucial risks and vulnerabilities of the IT ecosystems in Healthcare, project’s goal to introduce a universal Cybersecurity Toolkit to assess and mitigate such liabilities and the fundamental architecure components of SPHINX toolkit. In his second turn, Dr. Markakis elaborated on the topic of Automation. Specifically, his keynote addressed how increased automation can be utlised for detection, prevention and mitigation measures in medical organisations.

The attending audience, to whom the SPHINX representative provided insights about the project’s progression consisted of researchers and stakeholders involved in the synergy H2020 projects and policy makers of the European Commission. Upon the conclusion of the virtual workshop, the participating projects brainstormed on the common innovation opportunities that can stem throughout the progression of the clustered projects and how to pave the way towards more integrated and interconnected cyber and physical measures for the protection of critical infrastructures. 

Click on the followig photo gallery to view relative snapshots of Dr. Markakis keynote presentations.