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TakeDown Project

TakeDown is an EU-project for developing effective and efficient security solutions against organised crime and terrorist networks.

Organized Crime and Terrorist Networks (OC/TN) are a major challenge for the EU. Many different stakeholder groups are involved in creating awareness, preventing, identifying and intervene in case of risk or threat. But in order to develop better strategies and instruments, we still need a deeper understanding of these phenomena.

The project created new insights on OC and TN by using a multidimensional modelling approach including social, psychological, economic and cultural aspects as well as further dimensions, activities and response approaches.

Based on these insights, an Open Information Hub was developed for practitioners and the public. A Solutions Platform was aimed at increasing the cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the security solution developers.

With this multi-level approach, TAKEDOWN not only enhanced the knowledge an OC and TN, but it also developed digital and non-digital toolkits or solutions for more efficient and effective prevention, intervention and response strategies.

Funding Scheme

Takedown is an EU H2020 project.


The TAKEDOWN project will run from September 2016 to September 2019.

  • TAKEDOWN Project Objectives
  • ANALYSE the body of scientific knowledge on organized crime and terrorist networks.
  • UNDERSTAND the social, psychological and economic aspects of OC and TN.
  • PROVIDE dynamic and multidimensional models as a basis for developing digital and non-digital solutions.
  • CREATE toolkits for first line practitioners, law enforcement and policy makers.
  • BUILD an intuitive Open Information Hub for practitioners and the public.
  • DEVELOP a digital Solutions Platform including selected third party content.


"New Approaches for Fighting Radicalization, Terrorism and Organized Crime" has been the finishing touch to three years of work on this project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program, and considered as an example of success by the European Commission.

More than 150 attendees from 18 countries supported the success of the TAKEDOWN final conference, held in June 2019 at the headquarters of the Valencia Local Police and inaugurated by Joan Ribó, Mayor of the City.

34 experts from European and North American institutions, such as the Elcano Royal Institute (Spain), the European Judicial Cybercrime Network, the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (United Kingdom) and the Virginia Commonwealth University (United States) participated in the conference.

As part of the conference, the project launched two online platforms: First Line Practitioners, supporting practitioners for fighting violent extremism and terrorism and Fight Crime Terrorism, providing a market place for LEAs and security companies.

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New Services and Tools for Cyber-Crime

The H2020 EU funded project, Takedown, in which CSA participated along with 18 other partners-organisations, delivered 2 platforms to response to criminal threats in the cyber world.

The project, by using a multidimensional approach including social, psychological, economic, and cultural aspects, created the and platforms as technological prevention instruments and societal prevention approaches, both for the public, first line practitioners and law enforcement agencies.

This leverages the collaboration between the research community, public agencies, practitioners and industry, by providing a digital TAKEDOWN Professional Advisor to support the selection of the right solutions providers, experts and approaches to tackle OC/TN challenges.

Takedown Tools and Services

Release Date: 07/25/2019

New Services and Tools for Cyber-CrimeThe H2020 EU funded project, Takedown, in which CSA participated along with 1...

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EU-SEC Project

The European Security Certification Framework (EU-SEC) strives to address the security, privacy and transparency challenges associated with the greater externalisation of IT to Cloud services.

EU-SEC will create a certification framework under which existing certification and assurance schemes can co-exist. Furthermore, it will feature a tailored architecture and provide a set of tools to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of current assurance schemes targeting security, governance, risks management and compliance in the Cloud. It will be tested and validated in pilots involving industrial partners.

Funded by Horizon 2020; a funding programme created by the European Union to support and foster research in the European Research Area, the EU-SEC Consortium believes that providing a trustworthy and certified cloud services is a necessary condition to be able to provide trustworthy other added value services. This will be supported by integrating relevant requirements from public and private sector, governance schemes and the partner’s state of the art tools/architectures ranging in maturity from TRL 4 to TRL 9. It will furtherly enhance trustworthiness and transparency in the ICT supply chain through business cases developed and piloted by industrial partners.

Funding Scheme

EU-SEC is an EU H2020 project.


The EU-SEC project will run from September 2016 – August 2019.

EU-SEC Project Objectives

  • Increase user trust in Cloud Service Providers by defining principles, rules and processes for mutual recognition between different certification schemes indicating security and privacy level.
  • Stream line governance, risk management and compliance of cloud service delivering a reference architecture, mechanisms and tools for continuous auditing and certification reducing human interaction.
  • Initiate the process for the trans-European adoption of the EU-SEC framework and of the format used to express security requirements, controls and audit results to support EU-SEC’s long term sustainability.

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CloudWATCH2 Project

CloudWatch 2 provides a set of services to help European R&I initiatives capture the value proposition and business case as key to boosting the European economy.


One of the objectives of the Digital Single Market Strategy is creating long-term growth potential. Europe needs a digital market that allows new business models to flourish, start-ups to grow and industry to innovate and compete on a global scale.

The European Commission’s programme for Software, Services and Cloud gives companies and research institutions the freedom to innovate technically in cloud computing. This is how European research and innovation initiatives bring continuous improvements and deliver services and solutions with increasing value for the digital single market.

Funding Scheme

CloudWatch is an EU H2020 project.


The CloudWatch 2 project will run from October 2015 – September 2017.

"Risk Based Decision Making Mechanisms For Cloud Service In The Public Sector"

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Despite the undisputed advantages of cloud computing, customers (in particular Public Administrations or PAs, and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises or SMEs) are still in need of “meaningful” understanding of the security and risk management changes the cloud entails, in order to assess if this new computing paradigm is “good enough” for their security requirements. Traditional ICT risk management approaches usually adopt one-size-fits-all methodologies relying on (security) experts, which are usually not adequate for small organisations and Public Administrations (PA) that use relatively simple IT-components. One of the main drivers of CloudWatch2 is to develop a simplified cloud risk assessment/management approach, called “risk profile” in this document, with the requisite that SMEs/PAs need simple, flexible, efficient and cost-effectivecloud security solutions.

CloudWatch2 Risk Based Decision Making Mechanisms For Cloud Service In The Public Sector

Release Date: 10/27/2016

Despite the undisputed advantages of cloud computing, customers (in particular PublicAdministrations or PAs, and Small ...

CloudWatch2 Risk Based Decision Making Mechanisms For Cloud Service In The Public Sector

CloudWATCH2 services include:

  • A cloud market structure roadmap with transparent pricing to enable R&I projects to chart exploitation paths in ways they had not previously considered, or help them avoid approaches that would not have been successful.
  • Mapping the EU cloud ecosystem of products, services and solutions emerging from EU R&I projects. Identifying software champions and best practices in mitigating risks associated with open source projects, and ultimately, enable faster time-to-value and commercialization.
  • Concertation for clustering and convergence on common themes and challenges. Re-use of technologies will also be of paramount importance.
  • Promoting trusted & secure services through roadshows and deep dive training sessions. Giving R&I initiatives a route to users at major conferences or in local ICT clusters.
  • A portfolio of standards for interoperability and security that can facilitate the realisation of an ecosystem of interoperable services for Europe.
  • Cloud interoperability testing in an international developer-oriented and hands-on environment. Findings will be transferred into guidance documents and standards.
  • Risk management and legal guides to the cloud for private and public organisations to lower barriers and ensure a trusted European cloud market.

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