CSP FORUM will explore ways to develop and enhance T&S project clustering/collaboration activities already in place in the trust and security research space, providing an engaging programme of opportunities for currently active and newly funded T&S projects, to come together for fruitful debate, development, sharing of state of the art ideas and knowhow, and identifying further issues/gaps to be explored. Membership of the cluster community will be extended to other projects and groups with T&S needs or dependencies, particularly in areas concerned with legal, social, and economic (LSE) research and also national T&S initiatives ongoing.

CSP FORUM will support enhanced collaborative networking: provide opportunities, not only for clustering and networking, but also for more structured interaction between projects and between individuals directly involved in or having dependencies on trusted ICT.

CSP FORUM has two main clusters active currently, detailed as follows

Technical Cluster

Chair : Luca Compagna, SAP

The following main technical topics were identified as the initial core prioritised topics for potential discussions within the technical cluster. Please note this is not a concise list, as cluster events progress additional topics of relevance to the participating research projects will be highlighted and included.

  • Software Assurance and Security Certifications
  • Security Metrics and Security Economics
  • Sharing Security Data
  • CyberSecurity in T&S research projects

Networking and Co-ordination Cluster

Chair: Frances Cleary, Waterford Institute Of Technology 

In this framework, the CSAs should collaborate among themselves to support the clustering activities, bringing CSA/NoE projects together and integrating activities and results. The objectives of this cluster include the following,


Research Roadmaps: This is a topic of activity for several projects, the Networking and Coordination Cluster will examine and see how and if they can be aligned and coordinated; in short: who is writing what and when, and what are the priority areas.

Focus on excellence: The cluster activity will focus on areas where the EU are known leaders and have a competitive advantage: e.g., cryptography, smart card and smart grid.

Sharing information: People have a limited view on project results (many deliverables are not public, and in any cases scarcely read beyond the authors and Commission/reviewers). Clusters can be used to capture important scientific information from the projects in a consistent way.

Learning lessons: Clusters can be used to gather lessons learned (good and bad) from projects, which are usually never captured anywhere.