Elias Neocleous & Co LLC will participate in the SECUR-EU Project Consortium, an ambitious effort dedicated to strengthening cybersecurity defences for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and critical infrastructures across Europe. The SECUR-EU project is set to address the escalating cyber threats faced by these entities through a multifaceted approach focusing on the enhancement of Open-Source (OS) security measures, innovation in white-hat testing methodologies, and the development of robust, enterprise-grade cybersecurity solutions.

Project Objectives

The SECUR-EU initiative aims to:

  • Enhance the security of Open-Source software for SMEs, thereby fortifying their defence against cyber threats.
  • Innovate in the field of ethical hacking through the introduction of the HackOlympics, a platform designed to advance white-hat testing practices.
  • Develop comprehensive, enterprise-level security solutions tailored to meet the needs of both SMEs and critical infrastructure entities.

A cornerstone of the SECUR-EU project is the establishment of a holistic threat intelligence framework. This framework is anticipated to incorporate:

  • AI-driven mechanisms for the detection of cyber-attacks.
  • Advanced penetration testing techniques.
  • Integrated Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) for a cohesive security posture.
  • A decentralized system for the exchange of threat information.
  • AI-enhanced tools for the prediction and analysis of cyber threats.

Furthermore, the project will introduce a user-centric dashboard, enabling effective interaction with stakeholders and promoting a culture of proactive cybersecurity measures.

Our Tech Law department is committed to delivering on several key responsibilities, as follows:

  • Overseeing adherence to the Cybersecurity Act by monitoring the mandate for adoption and compliance with the cybersecurity framework.
  • Highlighting the critical importance of the human element in cybersecurity, aiming to establish a bridge (“trait d’union”) that fosters collaboration among multidisciplinary experts in technology, ethics, security, and legal matters. This effort will ensure that all activities under SECUR-EU are conducted in alignment with core ethical principles (including, but not limited to, considerations of gender) and are compliant with the current and evolving regulatory landscape of the EU.
  • Guaranteeing that the technologies targeted by SECUR-EU meet EU-wide standards for legality, ethics, and privacy, with a particular emphasis on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, Regulation (EU) 2016/679). This entails overseeing the project’s legal, ethical, and security endeavours to ensure all evaluations are conducted in accordance with national and European guidelines.
  • Identifying and reporting any potential legal, privacy, and ethical issues. Additionally, contributing to the dissemination of information through high-impact communication efforts and participation in outreach events.
  • Aiding in the development of policy recommendations that address ethical and legal issues, ensuring comprehensive coverage of the diverse aspects vital for the project’s success.

“The project funded under Grant Agreement No. 101128029 is supported by the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre.”

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 the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre. Neither the European Union nor the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre can be held responsible for them.”