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Guiding event on eInvoice on May 29th in Brussels

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Next Tuesday, May 29th, there will be an event on electronic invoicing (eInvoice) from Companies to Governments (B2G) and on electronic billing services available for both public and private entities that will allow them to comply with Directive 2014/55 / EU.

This orientation day, organized by the European Commission, is held due to the legal limit for public entities of the Member States to implement the European Regulation on Electronic Billing, which will entry into force will  on April 18th, 2019, and which is extendable in one year for certain actors.

The purpose of the event is to demonstrate how electronic invoicing can contribute to the formation of the Digital Single Market, help generate cross-border services and provide other benefits for citizens, businesses and Public Administrations throughout the European Union.

In addition, it will help attendees to improve their understanding of the actions they must take before the end of the deadline and share the following steps for the implementation of eInvoicing in the EU.

Participation is open to all interested in eInvoicing, especially political actors, public entities and technical staff that develop eInvoicing solutions in the EU.

Topics to be discussed at CEF eInvoicing Event

Participants will learn about the latest developments around the implementation of Directive 2014/55 / ​​EU and will carry out case studies on the implementation of electronic invoicing. This event will also address the broader policy context that links eInvoicing with the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

Among others, the following speakers will participate:

  • Christian Rasmussen: Senior Business Development Manager at e-Boks A/S.
  • Alis Irena Riviere-Osipov: Director of eInvoicing and IT recruitment policies at the European Commission.
  • Peter Potzgieser: Senior Consultant in Business Innovation and Standardization.
  • Andrea Caccia: Senior consultant on process digitization and member of the European Multi-Stakeholder Forum.
  • Caroline Corneau: Project Manager at European Commission Directorate General for Informatics (DIGIT).
  • Agniezska Bajno: Project Manager at European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).
To see the CEF eInvoicing Event agenda, please click here.

Practical information on eInvoicing Event

Name of the event: CEF eInvoicing Event.

Hours: 09:00 – 17:30 horas (CET).

Location: Room VML2, Rue Van Maerlant 2, Bruselas (Bélgica).

If you wish to participate in the event, click on this registration form.

Event on cybersecurity held by ENISA last April 24th

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On April 24th, a new edition of the event on cybersecurity organized by the European Network and Information Security Agency, ENISA, took place in Brussels (Belgium).

The conference was aimed at small and medium enterprises (SMEs), professional associations and public bodies related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and certification activities.

The objective of the event was, on the one hand, to increase awareness and deepen knowledge of the IoT and Industry 4.0 and its effect on the European cybersecurity market. On the other hand, it sought to increase collaboration among the members of ENISA by identifying common interests.

In addition, the ENISA Industry Event provided participants with an overview of the EU Certification Framework and its relationship with the European cybersecurity industry.

About “ENISA Industry Event”

The event, organized since 2015, serves to share knowledge about the cybersecurity sector. The fundamental objective of this activity is none other than to build a community in the cybersecurity sector in both the public and private sectors of the EU.

If you want more information about the event, please click here.

To consult the agenda of the day, please click here.

Impressions on Mundo Hacker Day 2018

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Mundo Hacker Day 2018Mundo Hacker Day 2018, the reference event on cyber-security in Spain, brought together professionals and experts in the field of cyber-security on April 25 in Madrid.

In this fifth edition, attended by more than 2,000 people, different experts from both Spain and Latin America exposed various relevant issues that affect the world of cyber-security at this time.

Among others, the following talks stood out:

  • The Upside Down World (Stranger Things). Antonio Ramos, Professor, presenter, writer and expert in Hacking and Computer Security.

Antonio Ramos exposed the advantages and disadvantages of the digitalization of society. In his opinion, automation is a positive step for modern societies but, if people are eliminated, digitization would be incomplete.

  • Round Table:

Kasperski: Dani Creus, Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analyst Team (GReAT), Kaspersky Lab / ESET: Josep Albors, ESET Spain Responsible for Research and Awareness / Panda Security: Conrado Crespo, Global Presales Consultant Panda Security / Viewnext: Antonio Navas Casado, Director of IS / HP Services: Melchor Sanz, CTO and HP / Sophos Presales Manager: Alberto Ruiz Rodas, Presales Engineer for Spain and Portugal at Sophos / Modera: Daniel de Blas.

  • Ay, ay, ay …. giving the bad guys where it hurts the most! David Conde, SOC / CERT Manager at S21sec

The speaker explained the field experience of the incident response service of S21sec in the fight against some of the most sophisticated organized groups operating in the international arena.

  • Round Table Hack Woman

Silvia Barrera – [IN] IT Security, Researcher, Cybercrime Specialist and Writer / Tamara Hueso – Senior Cybersecurity Analyst (IT-ERS) at Deloitte / Rosa Díaz – General Director Iberia Panda Security / María José Talavera – General Director IBERIA VMware / Albora Trimiño Díez – Cybersecurity Operator, IT Risk Fraud and Security / Miriam Martínez Muñoz – Member of HoneySec, Professor and Researcher at the University of Alcalá / Pilar Vila – Computer forensic expert / María José Montes – Head of cybersecurity of ESET Spain / Moderator: Desireé Rodriguez.

  • Digital Molotov. Gabriel Lazo Canazas.

This expert in cyber-security talked about the dangers of cyber-crime and the Deep Web.

  • Trape: The phising evolution. Jose Pino. Leader of the “TRAPE” development team.

Colombian researcher José Pino presented a TRAPE tool, developed by him, that allows people to track and execute intelligent social engineering attacks in real time.

  • When the threat is inside: detection and early response to attacks with Aruba Introspect. Artur Gradoli, Aruba Solutions Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

The conference was directed towards large companies. Artur Gradoli explained the importance of monitoring the internal network in the detection of exceptional events.

  • Advanced Digital Threats: Perspective from the trenches. Dani Creus, Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analyst Team (GReAT), Kaspersky Lab.

The researcher spoke about the origin of threats in large organizations: 90% are routine threats, 9.9% are directed attacks and only 0.1% are carried out with digital weapons (such as Stuxnet, among others).

  • Recon Tactics . Simón Roses Femerling, CEO of VULNEX.

This expert exposed the methods to train the “blue teams” in companies to deal with external attacks.

  • Ensure Cyber Risk: Ciber Policies , from large multinationals to SMEs, what do they protect? Manuel Huerta, CEO of Lazarus, Expert in Forensic Computing and Professor of Electronic Probatory and Digital Research.

The cyber-risk policies represent a great business opportunity at present, due to the increasing threats to the protection of the data. Faced with an exfiltration of data, companies must face fines of 2% of turnover or 10 million euros if they are SMEs, or 4% of turnover or 40 million euros if they are medium or large companies.

  •  Security operations guided by Intelligence: what is the pyramid of pain? Jorge Hurtado, VP Managed Services & Advanced Cybersecurity Services at S21sec.

Jorge Hurtado spoke about the possibilities that exist to anticipate, detect and react to threats effectively. For this expert, security operations must go hand in hand with the intelligence strategies of the companies’ cyber-defense.

  •      Secret communications and “Stay-Behind” networks: the “Harpoon” project. David Marugán.

This cyber-security consultant gave a brief historical introduction about the Stay-Behind clandestine networks. In addition, he explained the operation at the technical level and of COMSEC (Security of Communications) of the secret espionage networks. He used as an example the FS-5000 transponder equipment “HARPOON”, used since the end of the Cold War for encrypted communications.

If you wish to visualize the agenda of the event, click here.

The European Commission presents a plan to enhance Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence

Yesterday, April 25th 2018, the European Commission presented a series of measures to enhance the use of Artificial Intelligence in the European Union with the aim of improving European competitiveness in this field.

The plan aims at increasing public and private investment in Artificial Intelligence (AI), preparing for the socioeconomic changes that this technology will cause and providing an adequate ethical and legal framework.

Promoting financial support and encouraging the adoption of AI by the public and private sectors

The EU should increase investment in research and innovation in Artificial Intelligence by at least 20 billion euros by the end of 2020.

In order to achieve this, the European Commission plans to increase the budget destined to AI by 15,000 million euros during the period 2018-2020 under the Horizon 2020  program.

These funds will be destined to the development of key sectors such as transportation or health and will serve to promote Artificial Intelligence research centers in Europe.

In addition, extra funding will be provided for Artificial Intelligence through the European Fund for Strategic Investments, which plans to invest more than 500 million euros by 2020.

European Plan on Artificial Intelligence

On April 10th 2018, 24 Member States and the European Union signed a Declaration of Cooperation for the implementation of a Strategic Plan in the field of Artificial Intelligence. This plan should be ready by the end of 2018.

Its objective is to maximize the impact of investment at national and EU level, to foster cooperation in the EU, to exchange best practices and to define the way forward together, in order to ensure the EU’s global competitiveness in this sector.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is a branch of computing that aims to create intelligent machines that work and react like humans.The research associated with artificial intelligence is highly technical and specialized. The core problems of artificial intelligence include computer programming for certain features such as:

– Knowledge
– Reasoning
– Problem resolution
– Perception
– Learning
– Planning
– Ability to manipulate and move objects

If you want more information about the news, click here.

 

High Performance Computing, the future of the EU

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On April 19th, the conference “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future: HPC for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications” took place in Sofia (Bulgaria).

“Shaping Europe’s Digital Future”, formally opened by Mariya Gabriel – European Commissioner of Digital Economy and Society -, discussed the role of High Performance Computing (HPC) in the transformation of the EU’s digital future.

The event, organized by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, was attended by about 130 professionals from both the academia and the private sector who had the opportunity to share information and present their ideas on the potential HPC in the context of the European Union.

In addition, numerous solutions were presented for a wide range of social, scientific and industrial challenges. In parallel, the European HPC strategy was presented and the impact of the EC’s proposal on the EuroHPC joint venture on European scientific, economic and social advances, including digital skills, was discussed. The event was jointly organized by the Bulgarian Presidency and the European Commission.

 To see the agenda of the event, click here.
If you want to know the conclusions of the event, click
here.

What is High Performance Computing (HPC)

High performance computing (HPC) is the use of supercomputers and parallel processing techniques to solve complex computational problems. In the digital age, it is a strategic resource for the future of Europe.

High performance computing, which allows the processing of large amounts of data, is the core of the main advances and innovations in the digital era.

 High Performance Computing (HPC) European Strategy

 In March 2017, during the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, a group of Member States signed the EuroHPC declaration. They agreed to work together and with the EC in the context of a multi-government agreement to acquire and deploy, by 2022/2023, a pan-European integrated exascale supercomputing infrastructure: EuroHPC.

The EU investment until the end of 2020 is close to 1,000 million euros, while another 4,000 million euros are foreseen for the next MFP. Funding at the EU level will support R&D collaboration and guarantee cross-border access to high performance computing (HPC) and data infrastructure.

 High Performance Computing

Diversity in Tech: increasing female presence in the technological sector

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Diversity in Tech 2018“Diversity in Tech” event, which will take place in Brussels (Belgium) on June 19th, will bring together leading women from the technology sector to discuss the role of women in this industry and how to encourage the presence of people from diverse backgrounds in technology.

The goal of this conference is to challenge stereotypes and promote diversity, both racial and gender, in the corporate culture of the companies in the technology industry. Traditionally, the technological field has been dominated by the masculine gender, a situation that now seeks to reverse to give more opportunities to workers of more diverse social origins.

In addition, the event will analyze the current state of diversity policies in the sector and the best ways to attract and retain talent in the technology sector.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, will be the main speaker at the conference. For her, “Europe’s education and training systems must provide people of all backgrounds with the right skills to progress and thrive professionally, but also enable them to be committed citizens.We must harness the potential of education to foster social cohesion and a sense of belonging– In the context of the digital education action plan recently launched by the European Commission in January 2018

Among the speakers, the following stand out:

  • Yvonne Agyei (Chief People Officer): Booking.com
  • Malavika Vivek (Executive Director and Co-founder): Girls Make Apps
  • Kurt Schöffer (CEO): Auticon
  • Helga Stevens (MEP): Parlamento Europeo
  • Khadijat Abdulkadir (Fundadora y CEO): Digital African Woman (DAW)
  • Hayley Sudbury (Fundadora y CEO): WERKIN
  • Cheryl Miller Van Dyck (Fundadora y CEO): Digital Leadership Institute
  • Corinna Horst (Senior Fellow & Directora Adjunta, Oficina de Bruselas): The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl (Directora General): DIGITALEUROPE
  • Siada El Ramly (Directora General): EDiMA

Please, click here for more information.

The European Blockchain Partnership has been launched

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DiEuropean Blockchain Partnershipgital Day 2018, held in Brussels on April 10th, welcomed the signature by 22 European countries of the Declaration on the establishment of a European Blockchain Partnership.

This association will promote cooperation between the different Member States in the technical and regulatory fields of Blockchain and, in addition, will prepare for the launch of Blockchain applications in the EU’s Digital Single Market. Therefore, the European Blockchain Association will guarantee the leadership of the EU in the development of Blockchain technologies worldwide.

The Commissioner of Economy and Digital Society, Mariya Gabriel, spoke about the importance and the great impact of this new technology in society:

“In the future, all public services will use blockchain technology, Blockchain is a great opportunity for Europe and the Member States to rethink their information systems, promote user confidence and protect personal data, help create new opportunities for business and establish new areas of leadership, benefiting citizens, public services and companies The Association launched today allows member states to work together with the European Commission to transform the enormous potential of Blockchain technology into better services for citizens “

The signatory countries of the agreement have been: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Background of the European Blockchain Partnership

Last February, the European Union created the European Blockchain Observatory and Forum. These two initiatives aim at highlighting the key developments of the Blockchain technology, promoting the European actors and reinforcing the European commitment with the implementation of this new technology.

Also, the European Commission has been funding Blockchain projects since 2013 through its FP7 and Horizon 2020 research programs. Until 2020, the European institution will continue to finance projects related to this technology worth 340 million euros.

What is  Blockchain technology and what is it for

The Blockchain technology  is a system that encrypts information on the Internet, which was born thanks to the creation of the digital currency Bitcoin.This system is, in fact, a distributed database composed of encrypted blockchains that make it impossible to modify the stored information.

This system provides valuable advantages in the digital world, since it allows the transfer of digital data in a totally secure way by encrypting information.

In addition, technology makes it possible to do it without a trusted third party when transferring data, since it is no longer necessary to centralize and guarantee the authenticity of data. Instead, this technology is a distributed system where the information is stored in separate modules that record and validate it.

Finally, the system guarantees that the stored information can not be erased. Therefore, it is a system that guarantees the veracity of online transactions and their traceability over time.

Event: ICT 2018 will be held in Vienna in December

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ICT 2018, which will be held in Vienna from December 4th to 6th, is the key event in the research and innovation of Information Technology (ICT) fields in the European Union.

This year, the conference will focus on the priorities of the European Union in the digital transformation of society and industry in the medium and long term. Over the course of three days, professionals in the sector, and especially those who carry out digital transformation activities, will be able to share their experience and vision of the EU in the digital era.

ICT 2018, jointly organized by the Austrian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission, will take place at the Austria Center Vienna (for more information, click here). The event will also be open to European citizens, who will be able to attend conferences and talks with scientists, political actors and other professionals.
In this edition, the following actions will be highlighted:
  • A conference on digital research and innovation policies
  • An exhibition on innovative projects financed with European funds in the field of IT
  • Various networking activities
  • A “village” of innovation and stat-ups to raise awareness of European entrepreneurship.
 If you would like more information about the evolution of the event, you have at your disposal the Twitter account #ICT 2018.

 ICT 2018 conference program

This edition’s program places value on influential lecturers and debates on the EU’s digital policy.

Among others, the following topics will be covered in ICT 2018:

  • Artificial intelligence and industry transformation
  • European data economy: Big Data potential in the Digital Single Market High-Performance Computing (HPC)
  • The importance of digital skills in education
  • eGovernment

 About ICT

The European Commission has been organizing ICT events since 1998 and they have become one of the most relevant ICT innovation forums at an international level that annually brings together the most outstanding professionals of ICT research and innovation.

International Women’s Day 2018: fostering a greater female presence in the digital sector

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The International Women’s Day 2018, held on March 8th around the world, has served as a platform to demand an increase in the participation of women in the digital sector.

According to the new study “Women in the Digital Era”, there is currently an increase in the gender gap in the participation of men and women in the digital sector in education, professional careers and entrepreneurship.

In line with this uneven situation and coinciding with the International Women’s Day 2018, European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (in charge of Economy and Digital Society in the EU) explained her strategy to increase the participation of women in the digital sector.

The strategy proposed by the Commissioner is based on three fundamental pillars:

  • Fight against gender stereotypes and promote role models concurring with the International Women’s Day 2018

For the European Commissioner, the problem lies in the lack of female references in the technology sector. Although the EU has already legislated on this matter, the media do not reflect the current reality.

This is due, fundamentally, to the fact that audiovisual content is mostly made by men. For this reason, the Commissioner proposes to evaluate and improve the situation by promoting gender equality in the audiovisual sector.

In addition, women in the cybersecurity sector only represent 7% of the sector’s workforce in the EU. For this reason, Mariya Gabriel has started the campaign “No Women no Panel” to encourage the presence of women in the discussion forums, in which she will participate only if there is at least two people from the less represented gender.

  • Allow, promote and motivate girls to learn digital skills and take STEAM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

Statistics show that only 24 out of every 1,000 graduates in the STEAM fields are women. The society needs to raise this small number and, for this, specific actions are being implemented from the EU.

For example, there is already the “EU Code Week” (in 2018 it takes place from October 6 to 21), in which 46% of women already participate. The goal is to reach 50% in 2020.

In addition, in 2017 a special prize was presented that promotes digital skills in women and girls called “Digital Skills Awards“.

  • Allow and encourage more women to participate in digital entrepreneurship and innovation

The female gender is underrepresented in digital start-ups. In particular, there are 23% of female employees in this type of company and only 19% of digital entrepreneurs are women.

Therefore,  two initiatives at European level that aim to help reverse this situation have been implemented:

  1. WeHubs, the first European community that connects business ecosystems in support of women entrepreneurs in the digital sector.
  2. EU Prize for Women Innovators, which recognizes the work of women entrepreneurs in the digital sector.

The gender gap in the digital sector is a cause for concern since, by 2020, the EU will have shortages of qualified personnel in digital areas. Therefore, matching up with the International Women’s Day 2018, it is important that the European institutions promote the role of women in this sector.

If you wish to know more about the International Women’s Day 2018, please click here.

Event on High Performance Computing will take place in Bulgaria

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On April 19th, 2019, an event on High Performance Computing (HPC) will take place in Sofia (Bulgaria) in order to raise awareness of the role of High Performance Computing (HPC) as a transforming element of the European Union.

In addition, the European HPC strategy will be presented and the impact of the European Commission’s proposal on European scientific, economic and social advances, including the digital skills that the HPC has produced, will be analyzed.

The event, which has been jointly organized by the Bulgarian Presidency and the European Commission, will be attended by some 250 professionals from both the private sector and the public sector. Registration can be made until April 9th (see here).

To see the agenda of the event, click here.