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Webinar “Innovative solutions for increased regional cross-border cooperation” a complete success

UBITECH ENERGY team co-organized the webinar “Innovative solutions for increased regional cross-border cooperation: the FARCROSS project” hosted by International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) that took place virtually on March 1st, 2021. The aim of this webinar was to provide insight into the FARCROSS Horizon 2020 EC research project, as well as to the recent developments in EU internal market for electricity regulation. More than 55 people logged in to listen to the talks of Anastasios Tzoumpas, Katerina Drivakou and Thanasis Bachoumis. Mr. Thanasis Bachoumis opened the webinar by explaining the main drivers of FARCROSS project and the cross-border challenges in EU region. Furthermore, he presented the current status of cross-zonal trading and the 70% rule. Then, Ms. Katerina Drivakou took over and presented to the interested audience the FARCROSS objectives and methodology and some preliminary results from the analysis of the current European regulatory framework that has been carried out within FARCROSS. Finally, Anastasis presented the FARCROSS demos objectives and outcomes. The webinar was closed by an interactive panel discussion and a live poll where the participants’ opinions were asked regarding the main challenge for cross-border cooperation and the innovations that have the greatest impact in the cross-border cooperation and in the integration of European electricity markets. The presentation is available here

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Successful final review for the SecureIoT Research and Innovation Action

After 3 years of an exciting R&D journey, the SecureIoT Research and Innovation Action H2020 co-funded research project (Grant Agreement No 779899 – https://secureiot.eu/) had a successful final – virtual – review by the European Commission on the 23rd of February 2021. The SecureIoT project aims to secure the next generation of dynamic, decentralized IoT systems comprising multiple IoT platforms and networks of smart objects, through implementation and provision of a wide range of predictive IoT cybersecurity services. The SecureIoT consortium successfully presented the results of the project, where UBITECH’s Digital Security & Trusted Computing research group presented its Programming Support Service (PSS) as part of an end-to-end live demonstration of the Social Assistive Robot (SAR) use case. Programming Support Service (PSS) enables IoT application developers to flexibly secure their applications by adopting a set of programming annotations in their IoT applications. The reviewers and the PO were excited with the overall results of the project and provided some really interesting feedback and recommendations for future work.

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UBITECH actively participates and contributes to the ISO/TC 307 Technical Committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies

UBITECH, through its Head of Digital Security and Trusted Computing Research Group, Dr. Thanassis Giannetsos, is represented in the ISO/TC 307 body (https://www.iso.org/committee/6266604.html) which focuses on the standardization of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. ISO/TC 307, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies Technical Committee, has been set up to meet the growing need for standardization in this area by providing internationally agreed ways of working with it to improve security, privacy and facilitate worldwide use of the technology through better interoperability. Target working groups include: (i) ISO/TC 307/JWG 4 on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies and IT Security techniques, (ii) ISO/TC 307/WG 2 on Security, Privacy and Identity Management, and (iii) ISO/TC 307/WG 3 on Smart Contracts and their applications.

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UBITECH is excited to be the only Greek participant at the 1st FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship

UBITECH is proud to be among the 284 companies worldwide, including tech giants as Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft, Facebook and Siemens, as well as large industries like Ford Motor Company and Gazprom, that have formulated teams that will compete at the 1st FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship (https://worldcorporate.fide.com/), starting today Friday, February 19. The first FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship, organized by the International Chess Federation and Chess.com, constitutes an online team competition that takes place on February 19-21, 2021. Companies in industries spanning from finance to tech, covering countries all around the world, will unite in this event to grow the game of chess and showcase its importance.

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Successful final review for the FutureTPM Research and Innovation Action

After 3 years of fruitful collaboration with exciting research partners across Europe, the Digital Security & Trusted Computing Group of UBITECH proudly presented its research outcomes to the final contractual review meeting for the FutureTPM H2020 co-funded research project (Grant Agreement No 779391 – https://futuretpm.eu/) that took place virtually on February 18, 2021. UBITECH, as the leader of WP4, entitled “Run-time Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Analysis” and WP6, entitled “FutureTPM Demonstrators and Performance Evaluation”, presented the Holistic Risk Assessment approach aimed to safeguard TPM-enabled decentralised system architectures in light of the emergence of Quantum Computing era. The Run-time Risk Assessment approach blended with novel Remote Attestation mechanisms is able to guarantee the operational assurance of systems by attesting their configuration integrity and run-time behaviour. In addition, UBITECH presented the FutureTPM integrated framework that provides a unified environment for the new generation of TPM-based solutions including hardware, software and virtualization environments, by incorporating robust and physically secured Quantum-Resistant cryptographic primitives along with run-time operational assurance and risk assessment mechanisms. The reviewers and the PO were extremely satisfied with the results and provided some feedback and recommendations for future work. UBITECH will continue working towards future proofing the connected world of tomorrow.

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UBITECH presents Int5Gent at the 5G-PPP Webinar on the New 5G Core Technologies Innovation Projects

The technological concept of the Int5Gent holistic 5G system platform has been presented today at the 5G-PPP webinar introducing the New 5G Core Technologies Innovation Projects. The Int5Gent presentation, that has been delivered by the project’s technical manager Dr Dimitris Klonidis from UBITECH, has highlighted the main objectives and innovations of the Int5Gent project. In particular, Int5Gent envisions a solution that provides a holistic 5G end-to-end system approach through the development of an integrated platform that spans over a) innovative fronthaul connectivity technologies at the data plane, b) efficient and standardized network resource management and network interconnection solutions at the network control plane, and c) intelligent service deployment and management through UBITECH’s Vertical Application Orchestrator (VAO) at the service layer. Thus, Int5Gent constitutes one of the unique attempts in 5G activities that merges together solutions over different layers thus offering a complete 5G platform for experimentation at both the data and service layer.

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UBITECH undertakes the technical coordination of the GLASS Research and Innovation Action towards a Single Sign-on eGovernance paradigm based on a distributed and trusted file exchange network

UBITECH participates at the virtual kick-off meeting (January 28-29, 2021), hosted by UniSystems, of the GLASS Research and Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2021. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 959879) and spans on the period January 2021 – December 2023. The GLASS project caters for a ‘European Common Services Web’, bringing closer together citizens, businesses and European governments. The project introduces a citizen-centric e-governance model that enables beneficiaries to participate in a network for big data exchange and service delivery, which is by design digital, efficient, cost-effective, interoperable, cross-border, secure and promotes the once-only priority.

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UBITECH’s paper on automated privacy and security risk assessment published at the MDPI Future Internet online journal

The paper entitled “A Perfect Match: Converging and Automating Privacy and Security Impact Assessment On-the-Fly” has been accepted and published online at the Special Issue “Information and Future Internet Security, Trust and Privacy” of the Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903), an open access journal published monthly online by MDPI. The UBITECH’s Digital Security and Trusted Computing research group proposes the APSIA methodology, which stands for Automated Privacy and Security Impact Assessment. APSIA is powered by the use of interdependency graph models and data processing flows used to create a digital reflection of the cyber-physical environment of an organisation. Along with this model, we present a novel and extensible privacy risk scoring system for quantifying the privacy impact triggered by the identified vulnerabilities of the ICT infrastructure of an organisation.

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Successful final review for the BigDataStack Research and Innovation Action

After 3 years of an exciting R&D journey, the UBITECH’s Privacy-preserving Distributed Machine Learning research group proudly delivered and integrated the Data Toolkit and the Information-driven Networking Mechanisms in the BigDataStack infrastructure management system. The Data Toolkit and the Information-driven Networking Mechanisms exhibited their applicability in the three use cases related with automated analytic pipelines and software defined networking mechanisms for real-time ship management, connected consumer and smart insurance applications. The BigDataStack project (Grant Agreement No 779747) had a successful final – virtual – review by the European Commission on the 27th of January 2021. We are happy to be part of such an enthusiastic team and sad that the BigDataStack project is over! BigDataStack delivers a complete pioneering stack that drives decisions according to data aspects based on current and past application and infrastructure deployments. Therefore, the BigDataStack infrastructure management system is scalable and adaptable at runtime, able to address the emerging needs of big data operations and data-intensive applications.

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Successful interim review for the SDN-microSENSE H2020 Innovation Action on Electrical Energy Systems Cybersecurity

The first contractual virtual review meeting for the SDN-microSENSE H2020 Innovation Action co-funded research project (https://www.sdnmicrosense.eu/) with external reviewers and the Project Officer from the EC side took place on January 26, 2021, wherein the SDN-microSENSE consortium successfully presented the results of the work of the project during the first 20 months of the project. The SDN-microSENSE project intends to provide a set of secure, privacy-enabled and resilient to cyberattacks tools, thus ensuring the normal operation of Electrical Power and Energy Systems (EPES) as well as the integrity and the confidentiality of communications. UBITECH presented the 2nd Objective of the project related to the SDN-microSENSE Risk Assessment Framework (S-RAF) which includes iterative risk and vulnerability assessments on existing energy value chain assets including processes and personnel. The reviewers and the Project Officer were satisfied with the results and provided some feedback and recommendations for the future work. The SDN-microSENSE consortium is enthusiastic about continuing their work in the project.