Athens, 10 May 2017

The Center for Security for Security Studies (KEMEA) being a Leading partner of the Horizon 2020 project SAINT, successfully participated in the Kick off Meeting of the project which was organized by NCSR “Demokritos” at their premises in the beginning of May 2017 in Athens.

KEMEA holds a principal and crucial role in the project development, as it is the Leader for the Data Privacy, Legal & Ethical related Work Package. The latter is a corner stone for the implemented research upon the specific domain related to the illegal actions at the so-called ‘Deep Web’.

SAINT proposes to analyze and identify incentives to improve levels of collaboration between cooperative and regulatory approaches to information sharing. Analysis of the ecosystems of cybercriminal activity, associated markets and revenues will drive the development of a framework of business models appropriate for the fighting of cybercrime. The role of regulatory approaches as a cost benefit in cybercrime reduction will be explored within a concept of greater collaboration in order to gain optimal attrition of cybercriminal activities. Experimental economics will aid SAINT in designing new methodologies for the development of an ongoing and searchable public database of cybersecurity indicators and open source intelligence. Comparative analysis of cybercrime victims and stakeholders within a framework of qualitative social science methodologies will deliver valuable evidences and advance knowledge on privacy issues and Deep Web practices. Equally, comparative analysis of the failures of current cybersecurity solutions, products and models will underpin a model for greater effectiveness of applications and improved cost-benefits within the information security industry. SAINT proposes to advance measurement approaches and methodologies of the metrics of cybercrime through the construct of a framework of a new empirical science that challenges traditional approaches and fuses evidence-based practices with more established disciplines for a lasting legacy. SAINT’s innovative models, algorithms and automated framework for objective metrics will benefit decision-makers, regulators, law enforcement in the EU, at national and organizational levels providing improved cost-benefit analysis and supported by tangible and intangible costs for optimal risk and investment incentives. The resulting ongoing business spin off and the potential for novel research and further studies will be attractive to academia and researchers beyond the lifetime of the project.

The SAINT consortium is composed of 9 organizations from 5 different countries, namely National Center for Scientific Research “DEMOKRITOS" (EL), Computer Technology Institute & and Press "Diophantus" (EL), Universite du Luxembourg (LU), Center For Security Studies - KEMEA (EL), Mandat International (CH), Archimede Solutions SARL (CH), Stichting CyberDefcon Netherlands Foundation (NL), Montimage EURL (FR), INCITES Consulting SARL (LU).

SAINT is a 24-month project, funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 program) under the grant agreement No: 740829.



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