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What is Be Wiser

Building Enterprises – Wireless and Internet Security in European Regions (Be Wiser) examines the organisation and technical research challenges in some of Europe’s best known RTD regions.

The technology focus is on wireless Internet security, while the organisational challenge is to more effectively utilise Triple Helix clusters in regional innovation processes. This approach will strengthen Europe’s position in wireless rollout and address the challenges set out in the Digital Agenda.

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With the rapid expansion in wireless based devices, many undertaking complex and often highly confidential transactions, the security of data transmission is increasingly important as trillions of objects are connected via the Internet of Things.

The need for fully secure systems cannot be overstated in retaining the confidence of all users and to balance the requirements of Citizens, Government and Enterprises in terms of their privacy and security needs. Failure to do so risks Europe not fully exploiting new opportunities and falling behind in terms of technology rollout, innovation and job creation at the global level.

The clusters involved in this project are both central and peripheral and have strong technological complementary skills and experience – they have varying levels of organisational sophistication in terms of how they manage their innovation processes and recognise the potential to mentor each other while working collaboratively on RTD challenges. They are integrated into EU and international networks and can enhance the competitiveness of their members.

Be Wiser will:

  • Analyse the regions involved and the sector addressed via triple helix clusters bringing policy makers, researchers and enterprises together to focus on innovation processes and RTD;
  • Develop a Joint Action Plan as well as smart specialisation strategies and identify further research and product opportunities as part of broader economic development strategies;
  • Deliver tangible outputs that will enhance the competitiveness of the clusters,
  • Seek new market opportunities for regional enterprises, especially SMEs;
  • Mentor all partner regions on technology, business and clustering themes.
  • Develop a sustainable business and resourcing plan.
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Meet our Team

Be Wiser aims to strengthen the research, innovation potential and global competitiveness of European regions by bringing together research actors, enterprises, institutions and policy makers into a collaboration network.

  • Systematic

    Isabelle de Sutter

    European Affairs Team Manager

    Systematic seeks to boost the economy and employment in Paris Region through innovation, training and partnerships, based on three priorities: 
    •           consolidate the major integrators’ leadership in order to secure the sustainability of their R&D activities in the Paris Region
    •           foster the emergence of start-ups and the growth of technological SMEs with global ambitions
    •           strengthen the Paris Region’s attractiveness by developing its image on an international scale in order to attract new global companies’ R&D departments.
    The Systematic Cluster boasts a unique concentration of technology players in Europe and an outstanding international reputation focused on booming markets. It is already a breeding ground for breakthroughs. Through Systematic, France has a world leader at the heart of the digital revolution.

  • inno

    Marc Pattinson

    Director - inno AG

    inno Group is a strategic management consulting company, specialised in innovation, economic development, technology commercialisation and R&D support.

    inno group serves research institutions, businesses, policy institutions and development agencies in Europe and abroad. We hold a twenty-year track record in helping our clients to create optimal framework conditions for innovation and provide hands-on support to actually generating large returns on investments in research and innovation. We  have a particular focus on FP7 and H2020 project management and support to research and cluster actors and companies. We manage also a number of cluster projects and events on behalf of the European Commission and regional authorities. These include the European Cluster Observatory and various C2C matchmaking missions (India, Japan, Italy …). Since september 2015 the inno group is responsible for the animation of the european cluster cooperation platform, bringing together some 2000 clusters from around the globe.

    With BeWISER, we aim at helping the local clusters and companies networks in the ICT field, identify the issues and challenges about security, and aware companies, population and public authorities on this very actual domain. We lead  the WP2 - SWOT Analysis and the monitoring and evaluation of the JAP implementation.

    inno Group has a staff of 60, and has a large geographical coverage: Germany, France and Sweden, thus building up knowledge and easy access to information sources in European R&D communities.

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    Tamara Högler

    Head of Innovations and International Affairs

    CyberForum, a non-profit organisation founded in 1997, is one of the biggest Hightech and IT networks in Europe. It brings together more than 1.000 members in order to boost regional competitiveness by supporting innovation processes, esp. for SMEs and Start-ups. For this purpose, CyberForum organises each year more than 140 regional events and is involved in different kinds of projects on national as well as European level. 

    With Be Wiser we target to support the IT and wireless security sector in our region by finding out the real day-to-day needs and threats of our members and establishing new partnerships in order to fight these odds. At the same time we want to rise the public awareness for security issues and to help regional administration and politicians to optimize their security-related policies.

  • it@cork

    Michael Walsh

    Cluster Manager - it@cork

    IT@Cork, European Tech Cluster is a leading not-for-profit independent business organisation founded in 1997, representing the interests of the IT industry in Ireland. It is a unique blend of indigenous SME and international IT professionals, executives, multinational companies, government leaders, public sector, academia, entrepreneurs, investors and the legal and financial professional services community joining together to drive thought leadership, collaboration and global strategic alliances. It currently represents over 300 member companies with over 30,000 employees.

    Conferences, skillnet subsidised training for companies, breakfast seminars, networking lunches and evening events are run throughout the year while our Leaders Awards Dinner and Technology in Business Conference are run annually.

    Membership of it@cork, European Tech Cluster provides the opportunity to make new business contacts, learn the latest in technology trends and heighten your company profile. The organisation provides IT professionals from all sectors with opportunities to meet and develop an appreciation of the resources and activities of the IT market in Cork. All employees of member companies enjoy the benefits of membership.

    Through its membership of BeWiser, IT@Cork seeks to enhance the interaction between companies, academia & research and local & national government (Triple Helix relations). IT@Cork also supports  tech SMEs and start ups in RDI and internationalisation.

     

  • CSIT

    Philip Mills

    Business Development Manager - CSIT

    CSIT is the UK's Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for cyber security technology. Employing over 80 people, the single overarching principle behind our research roadmap is that we are Securing our digital tomorrow.

    This broad theme has secure networks as an integral component, but is broken into three core areas of activity:

    Securing Digital Assets: The distributed and networked nature of computing and storing digital assets in the Cloud requires context-specific security technologies. CSIT is channelling research and innovation into protecting assets, content and infrastructure from malicious attack or unintentional exposure. With pervasive computing, personal information will be used to optimise Smart Utilities and Smart Cities. We are therefore researching policies on privacy and ethics, technologies to prevent misuse of collected data and the opportunity for, and viability of, data shredding in the Cloud and the right to be forgotten.

    Securing Digital Devices: In the hyper-connected world of the Internet of Things (IoT) there is significant security risk from loss of sensitive information on sensors and devices. Furthermore, with increasing communication channels there is an increased attack surface, so we are researching security protocol vulnerabilities and side channel attack and countermeasures. Research and innovation is also directed into Device Authentication, novel biometrics for access control, multi-factor authentication, hardware Trojan detection/prevention, novel approaches to mobile malware, secure virtualisation environments for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and robust Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) designs.

    Securing Digital Citizens: With a pervasive computing landscape, people will be empowered within an active space that is aware of their presence, ubiquitous, sensitive, adaptive and responsive to their capabilities, needs, habits and emotions. CSIT is driving research and innovation into this area to provide secure active spaces that will encompass; social sensing and analytics, context aware data analytics and participatory sensing. This will use 'smart' data to provide a ‘next best action’ suggestion allowing the citizen to securely go where they want and engage with who they want, in the digital tomorrow.

    CSIT uses the expertise within its different research clusters to assist in the provision of novel technologies for these core areas of activity.

  • CIT - JH

    Dr John Hobbs

    Senior Lecturer - CIT

  • CIT - EB

    Dr Eoin Byrne

    European Projects Director - CIT

  • CCC - DOS

    Cork County Council

    Local Authority - Ireland

    Context

    Irish Local Government comprises of 31 Local Authorities and represent the closest and most accessible form of Government to people in their local community. The Local Authorities are responsible for the delivery of a wide range of services in their local area with a focus on making towns and cities attractive places to live, work and invest. These services generally include housing; planning; roads; water supply; environmental protection; provision of recreation and amenities and community infrastructure. The Local Authorities also play a key role in supporting economic development and enterprise at a local level.

    County Cork.

    County Cork covers an area of 7,459 square kilometres which is 11% of the Irish State and is the largest of the 26 counties in Ireland. The population is 518,128 (census 2011) making it the second most populous county in the country.

    There are two local authorities in the county whose remit collectively encompasses the geographic area of the county and city of Cork. The county, excluding Cork city, is administered by Cork County Council, while the city is administered separately by Cork City Council. Both the City Council and the County Council are part of the NUTS III South-West Region.

    The population of the county is 399,216 and they are represented by 55 councillors, from eight Municipal Districts. Cork County Council employs 2,146 staff and in 2013 annual turnover (revenue and capital) was approximately €416 million.

     

  • ICT Technology Network Institute

    Tomaž Vidonja

    CMO - ICT Technology Network

  • Nina Sega

    Head of project management - ICT Technology Network

  • Cyprus Computer Society

    Ioanna Dionysiou

    Associate Professor University of Nicosia

  • Cyprus Computer Society

    Harald Gjermundrod

    Associate Professor University of Nicosia

Our Objectives

Be Wiser aims to strengthen the research, innovation potential and global competitiveness of European regions by bringing together research actors, enterprises, institutions and policy makers into a collaboration network.

In particular the Be Wiser project seeks to:

  • Strengthen the role and potentially the structures of the Triple Helix approach in all participating regions and be seen as an example of best practice in terms of influencing other European regions in this regard.
  • Exchange policy initiatives and best industry/ policy practice across partners in order to lay the foundations for enhanced cross border cooperation between clusters and other actors;
  • Produce regional SWOT analyses on economic opportunities for sustainable employment creation and growth within the Digital Agenda with particular attention to wireless communication and network security;
  • Develop Regional Research Agendas in a Joint Action Plan – that contribute to the establishment of sustainable Smart Specialisation Strategies in each region;
  • Develop targeted actions for cluster actors especially for SMEs (via support to open innovation, commercialisation, internationalisation and technology partnering);
  • Develop targeted internationalisation strategies and implement pilot actions to demonstrate their feasibility and impacts;
  • Identify concepts for developing the competitiveness and growth of the Triple Helix clusters in terms of employment and R&D initiatives;
  • Investigate the impacts and measures that can contribute to a more energy efficient and resource utilisation process regarding ICT and wireless based activities;
  • Disseminate and promote the results across the stakeholders and public across Europe in high level events linked to the EU Presidency programmes (Cyprus and Ireland) and DG Research events such as WIRE and support mentoring activities.

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