Member States Security Initiatives


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Initiatives/Bodies with Security Interest/Focus

• Federal Ministry of the Interior (IBZ)
• Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs
• Federal Ministry of Justice
• Federal Public Service Information and Communication Technology (Fedict)
• Federal/Regional Computer Crime Unit (FCCU/RCCU)
• Joint Committee for Telecommunications ("Comixtelec")
• BIPT (Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications)
• The Commission for the Protection of Privacy
• Banking, Finance and Insurance Commission (CBFA)
• Crossroads Bank for Social Security (CBSS)

• KHID (Royal High Institute for Defence)

• Belcliv–Clusib
• SpamSquad

Sample Nationally Funded Projects

The B-CCENTRE aims to be the main platform for collaboration and coordination with regard to cybercrime matters in Belgium, combining expertise of academic research groups, industry players and public organisations (law enforcement, judges and policymakers).

Title: Belgian Cybercrime Centre for Research, training and Education (B-CCENTRE)
Financer: EU ISEC
Start date: 18/04/2011
End date: 17/04/2014

Fundamental research in
• Technology (cyberattack techniques , cryptanalysis, embedded/cloud forensics, traffic analysis, wire-speed/intelligent monitoring, intrusion detection ….)
• ICT & Media law (privacy, infosecurity, protection of minors, electronic communications)
• Criminal law (criminal procedure, electronic evidence, investigation techniques ….)
• Criminology (organised cybercrime phenomena, criminal use of electronic networks….)

Fidelity Fast and trustworthy Identity Delivery and check with ePassports leveraging Traveler privacy

Financer: EU FP7 Security project SEC 284862
Dates: 01/02/2012-31/02/2016

This multi-disciplinary initiative will analyse shortcomings and vulnerabilities in the ePassport life cycle, and develop technical solutions and recommendations to overcome them.
FIDELITY will demonstrate privacy enhanced solutions to:
• Secure issuing processes: authentication of documents, preventing impersonation and fraud;
• Improve ePassport security and usability: authentification processes, ID check speed, accuracy of biometrics, management of certificates, access to remote data bases, convenience of biometric sensors and inspection devices;
• Better manage lost and stolen passports;
• Ensure privacy: privacy-by-design, the exclusive FIDELITY-applied principle will be considered in all phases of the ePassport life cycle, using characteristics such as systematic anomysization of data and separation of data streams using privacy-enhancing-technologies.


Financer: IWT SBO
Title: MobCom, a mobile companion
Start date: 01/01/2011
End date: 31/12/2014

The project will research how a TPM can be used to create a secure virtual environment on a mobile device and new primitives (device attestation) will be developed to assess the trustworthiness of the device. Also, user attestation protocols need to be designed that allow for binding a user to a device and for generating a proof that a certain device is registered to a user or to his delegate (which may require verification of biometric data).


Financer: IWT SBO
Title: Security and Privacy for Online Social Networks SPION
Start date: 01/01/2011
End date: 31/12/2014

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