Cybersecurity in the European Union (EU) faces significant challenges, evident in the low rankings of EU Member States on the Global Cybersecurity Index. The interconnected nature of cyberspace, coupled with the increasing sophistication and coordination of cyber threats, poses a global risk, transcending sector boundaries and impacting national security. The current isolation of security defenses, coupled with the evolving tactics of highly sophisticated attackers, necessitates a paradigm shift in cybersecurity frameworks. The need for robust defenses is crucial to reduce the threat to business continuity and safeguard critical infrastructure.
The INTERSOC (INTERconnected Security OperatIon Centres) project proposes a comprehensive approach that integrates advanced threat forecasting, cyber-incident detection, and response capabilities. This involves the development of a user-centric intelligent threat defense and decision support platform, combining sophisticated network and system behavioral monitoring, low-code security orchestration, confidential Cyber Threat Information sharing, trustworthy technology for information exchange, risk and threat analysis, enhanced penetration tools, and cutting-edge Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms.
Within the project CEL team takes on the pivotal responsibility of ensuring the social acceptance of the project’s tools and services. Adopting the Social Acceptance of Technology (SAT) methodology, CEL conducts a holistic assessment that integrates SSH perspectives with STEM considerations about the INTERSOC platform. The team diligently identifies ethics principles and regulatory constraints, guiding the development of technology solutions to uphold human rights and promote a human-centered design. Continuous monitoring of the evolving proposal of the AI Act allows CEL to align project requirements with emerging regulatory standards. Moreover, CEL assists consortium partners in navigating potential ethical considerations, establishing protocols for responsible research practices, and ensuring compliance with evolving EU regulatory frameworks, thereby fostering a comprehensive understanding of ethical standards across all stages of technology development within INTERSOC.