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Security research ‘community of users’ marks new approach

By PATRICK STEPHENSON, BRUSSELS – On 5-6 December, security research policymakers and practitioners gathered for the latest meeting of the European Commission-sponsored “Community of Users (CoU) involved in EU-funded security research. The CoU seeks to unify the fragmented landscape of the research sector by encouraging collaboration between researchers, industry and practitioners such as emergency first-responders and border-control officers. Andrea De Candido, deputy head of unit for security research at the Commission’s home affairs directorate-general (DG HOME), told the conference that 2018 “will be the next step of evolution. Our meetings – more thematic and more tailored to the users – will allow better exchanges of information” between researchers, practitioners and policymakers and thus a more tailored approach to a specific user’s needs. “Research cannot be seen as a stand-alone effort,” he said. “It only makes sense if it’s inserted into a broader picture of a capability-driven approach to security research.” Connecting research with practitioners demands looking ahead, he said. “Some capability packages are directly tied to technologies that need to be available,” he said. “We are drawing line between what we have today and what we will have 10 years from now.” CoU’s organisers always use the occasion to showcase the latest research results. Several ongoing projects presented their status reports and two stood out from the rest. The first, known as…

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