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UBITECH kicks off the INFINITECH Innovation Action on Tailored IoT and Big Data Sandboxes for the Finance and Insurance Services Industry

UBITECH participates in the kick-off meeting, in Lisbon, Portugal (November 4-5, 2019), of the INFINITECH project, officially started on October  1st, 2019. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No 856632) and spans on the period October 2019 – December 2023. INFINITECH is a joint effort of global leaders in ICT and finance towards lowering the barriers for Big Data, IoT and AI driven innovation, boosting regulatory compliance and stimulating additional investments and aims to provide novel Big Data and IoT technologies for seamless management and querying of all types of data (e.g., OLAP/OLTP, structured/unstructured/semi-structured, data streaming and data at rest), interoperable data analytics, blockchain-based data sharing, real-time analytics, as well as libraries of advanced AI algorithms; regulatory tools incorporating various data governance capabilities (e.g., anonymization, eIDAS integration) and facilitating compliance to regulations (e.g., PSD2, 4AMLD, MIFiD II); and nine novel and configurable testbeds and sandboxes, each one offering Open APIs and other resources for validating autonomous and personalized solutions, including a unique collection of data assets for finance and insurance.

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UBITECH presents the FutureTPM and SDN-microSense H2020 projects at the S^2 Hack4Energy hackathon

Alongside the S^2 Hack4Energy event, the first energy related hackathon in Greece against energy-related security breaches, that takes place in Thessaloniki, Greece at October 23-24, 2019, UBITECH presents experiences, knowledge and technologies in the Digital Security domain, introducing the concepts and developments of the FutureTPM and SDN-microSense H2020 projects at the audience.

In particular, in SDN-microSense, the goal of UBITECH team is to evaluate the readiness and awareness of energy-related personnel and processes in case of cyber-attack, system failure and data breaches and to develop a risk assessment framework in the face of emerging threats and vulnerabilities. UBITECH’s Entso Veliou (Security Engineer) presents the current state of the project which is analysis of multiple security standards by multiple partners, find which part of each standard can be used and is subject to smart grids and presented the progress of UBITECH, analyzing ISO27001 information security management standard. Furthermore, he introduces the company’s plans to customize and deploy the corporate risk management suite, OLISTIC (olistic.io) to the Smart Grid Energy domain, covering the supply chains of Electrical Power and Energy Systems.

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UBITECH sponsors the S^2 Hack4Energy energy-related hackathon in Thessaloniki

UBITECH supports and sponsors Hack4Energy event, the first energy related hackathon in Greece against energy-related security breaches. This two-day event takes place in Thessaloniki, Greece at October 23-24, 2019 and is organized by the SPEAR and SIT4Energy H2020 projects and is hosted on the premises of CERTH. As a matter of fact, the rapid progression of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) transforms the electrical grid into a new paradigm called Smart Grid (SG). This new reality offers valuable benefits such as distributed generation, self-monitoring, self-healing, pervasive control, two-way communication between utilities and energy consumers as well as better utilization of the existing resources. SG enables the development of smart energy-related applications, considering both efficiency potentials in the local energy production and consumption. However, at the same time, this revolution raises severe cybersecurity issues since SG is characterized by multiple heterogeneous and interconnected technologies. In this context, the SPEAR and SIT4Energy H2020 projects join forces towards co-organizing a hackathon event that will focus on innovative approaches on energy-related cyber-security and end-user engagement, respectively.

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UBITECH Group undertakes the coordination and the technical leadership of the FARCROSS Innovation Action on regional cross-border electricity transmission

UBITECH and UBITECH ENERGY are hosting the kick-off meeting, in Athens, Greece (October 23-24, 2019), of the FARCROSS project, officially started on October  1st, 2019. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No 864274) and spans on the period October 2019 – September 2023. The FARCROSS project intends to connect major stakeholders of the energy value chain and demonstrate integrated hardware and software solutions that will facilitate the “unlocking” of the resources for the cross-border electricity flows and regional cooperation. The project will promote state-of-the art technologies to enhance the exploitation/capacity/efficiency of transmission grid assets, either on the generation or the transmission level. The hardware and software solutions will increase grid observability to facilitate system operations at a regional level, exploit the full potential of transmission corridors for increased electricity flows that will facilitate transition to flow-based regional market coupling; consider cross-border connections and their specific ICT and grid infrastructure; use a wide-area protection approach to ensure the safe integration of renewable energy sources into the grid; mitigate disturbances; increase power system stability.

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UBITECH presents the ICARUS H2020 project at the BDV PPP Technical Committee in Brussels

UBITECH presented the ICARUS H2020 project (https://www.icarus2020.aero/) at the European Big Data Value Public-Private Partnership  (BDV-PPP) – Technical Committee, which was a joint meeting with the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) Activity Group and the AI-PPP SRIDA 4th workshop, on 02 October 2019 in Brussels. During the meeting, several presentations were given providing insights and results from the usage of AI and Data technology, including the advanced machine learning and AI technologies that are developed or employed on each project, as well as the challenges, problems and obstacles that each project faced with respect to machine learning and AI platform or ecosystems. Dimitrios Miltiadou presented the ICARUS project’s approach and key challenges faced, focusing on the design of the platform’s architecture in order to deliver an aviation data and intelligence marketplace with secure and trusted “sandboxed” spaces for data analysis.

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UBITECH kicks off the CyberSANE Innovation Action on cybersecurity incident handling, warning and response

UBITECH is participating at the kick-off meeting, in Heraklion, Greece (September 10-11, 2019), of the CyberSANE Innovation Action, officially started on September 1st, 2019. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 833683) and spans on the period September 2019 – August 2022. The CyberSANE project intends to improve the detection and analysis of cyber-attacks and threats on Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs), increases the knowledge on the current cyber threat landscape and supports human operators (such as Incident Response professionals) to dynamically increase preparedness, improve cooperation amongst CIIs operators, and adopt appropriate steps to manage security risks, report and handle security incidents. Moreover, CyberSANE is fully in-line with relevant regulations (such as the GDPR and NIS directive), which requires organizations to increase their preparedness, improve their cooperation with each other, and adopt appropriate steps to manage security risks, report and handle security incidents.

In particular, CyberSANE will develop a system that addresses both technical and congitive challenges related to identification, prevention and protection against attacks. At technical level, the CyberSANE system will collect, compile, process and fuse attack related data from multiple perspective, through its main four components: The Live Security Monitoring and Analysis (LiveNet) component, the Deep and Dark Web mining and Intelligence (DarkNet) component, the Data Fusion, Risk Evaluation and Event Management (HybridNet) component and the Intelligent and Information Sharing and Dissemination (ShareNet) component. From a cognitive perspective, the system will enable decision makers (e.g. incident response professionals) to better understand understand the technical aspects of an attack and draw conclusions on how to respond.

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Successful mid-term review for the ICARUS H2020 Innovation Action in Luxembourg

The first contractual review meeting for the ICARUS H2020 co-funded research project (https://www.icarus2020.aero/) took place in Luxembourg on September 10, 2019. The ICARUS consortium successfully presented the results of the work of the project during the first 18 months of the project. UBITECH, as the responsible partner for the overall project management and consortium coordination, presented the current overall progress and key outcomes of the project, as well as the advancements accomplished so far, towards the aim of delivering an aviation data and intelligence marketplace with secure and trusted “sandboxed” spaces for data analysis. Furthermore, UBITECH, as the leader of WP3 entitled ICARUS Platform Design, presented the requirements analysis performed and the technical architecture of the platform, as well as the overall technical details of the ICARUS platform. UBITECH also supported the live demonstration of the ICARUS platform that was presented during the review meeting.

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A successful final review for the BigDataOcean H2020 project in Luxembourg

The second and final contractual review meeting for the BigDataOcean H2020 co-funded research project (http://www.bigdataocean.eu/site/) took place in Luxembourg on July 23, 2019. The BigDataOcean consortium successfully presented the results of the work of the project during the last 15 months of project (from M16 up until M30). UBITECH, as the leader of WP5 entitled BigDataOcean Web Platform Implementation, presented the updates in the technical architecture and the technical highlights of the BigDataOcean platform. UBITECH also supported ANEK and FOINIKAS in the presentation of the dedicated technical solutions that UBITECH implemented for them in the context of the project, namely the Fuel Consumption Reduction Investigation Application and the Fault Detection and Predictive Maintenance Application for ANEK and FOINIKAS respectively.

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UBITECH undertakes the technical management of the SPIDER Innovation Action on 5G cyber range

UBITECH is participating at the kick-off meeting, in Genova, Italy (July 23-24, 2019), of the SPIDER Innovation Action, officially started on July 1st, 2019. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 833685) and spans on the period July 2019 – June 2022. The SPIDER project intends to deliver an innovative Cyber Range as a Service (CRaaS) platform that extends and combines the capabilities of existing telecommunication testbeds and cyber ranges with the most recent advances in telecommunications management and emulation, gamification and serious games training as well as economics of cybersecurity, and uniquely virtualises them to become available as a single and easily accessible solution. The proposed SPIDER cyber range platform rests on three major pillars: (1) cybersecurity testing and assessment, with emphasis on new security technologies; (2) cybersecurity training in defending against advanced cyber-attacks; and (3) cybersecurity investment decision support.

In particular, the vision of SPIDER is to deliver a next-generation, extensive, and replicable cyber range platform for the telecommunications domain and its fifth generation (5G), offering cybersecurity emulation, training and investment decision support. Towards this vision, it features integrated tools for cyber testing including advanced emulation tools, novel training methods based on active learning as well as econometric models based on real-time emulation of modern cyber-attacks. SPIDER supports both self-paced and team-based exercising and acts as a serious gaming repository for multiple stakeholders to share training material and maximise efficiency in delivering complex cyber exercises.

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A successful final review for the AEGIS H2020 project in Luxembourg

The second and final contractual review meeting for the AEGIS H2020 co-funded research project (https://www.aegis-bigdata.eu/) took place in Luxembourg on July 18, 2019. The AEGIS consortium successfully presented the results of the work of the project during the last 12 months of project (from M19 up until M30). UBITECH, as the leader of WP3 entitled System Requirements, User stories, Architecture and Micro-Services, presented the updates in the technical architecture and the final technical highlights of the AEGIS platform, as well as the enhanced functionalities of the Smart Home and Assisted Living demonstrator which was co-designed and developed with Suite5 and KONKAT.