09 Sep 2019
Session Block—Privacy Engineering 10:20 - 10:40

The European Commission has launched over time more than 25 calls which were either explicitly supporting projects in the domain of cybersecurity and privacy or from which projects in this area were supported. This resulted in awarding nearly 200 consortia with funding grants. Therefore, it is important that we consider what the outputs of these projects have been and where the products they have created have gone in terms of exploitation either by the projects themselves or by others who may reuse their outputs.

Based on the well known "Technology Radar" methodology developed and open-sourced by ThoughtWorks, the Cyberwatching.eu project uses a number of underpinning information sources to visualise the state of the art of these projects as a means to maintain oversight of the larger European Cybersecurity research landscape. It allows the user to answer the question whether and where to invest themselves in the outputs of a project or not – the Radar's primary value proposition therefore is that of saving the user time and money by processing and analysing detailed landscape data for them. The interactive online radar process uses (a) the project's classification within the Cyberwatching.eu cybersecurity research taxonomy, (b) well known IT project lifecycle maturity patterns, and (c) project readiness self-assessment against Technology Readiness Levels and Market Readiness Levels, to populate the visualisation accordingly. 

This technique allows making swift yet statistically sound statements on the state of the art of the European cybersecurity and privacy research landscape. Generic in its implementation, the Technology Radar technology can be adapted to other domains with reasonable effort, making it a valuable asset in the toolbox for anyone seeking oversight of an inherently complex landscape.

Oxford e-Research Centre
Cloud Computing Standards Specialist


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