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TILT participates in large project on Internet of Things Dutch National Research Agenda

Published: 13th June 2019 Last updated: 21st June 2019

More than 200 researchers and their teams have been awarded a total of 61 million euros to work on social and scientific issues in close collaboration with public and private parties. TILT, the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and society, participates in the INTERSECT project which was awarded over 8 million euros. Commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), NWO is funding this research in the context of the Dutch National Research Agenda.

A total of 61 million euros has been made available for these knowledge chain-wide partnerships within the program Research along Routes by Consortia (NWA-ORC). Consortia of researchers and social partners from the public, semi-public sectors and industry will be working intensively together to design, carry out and implement research. The awarded studies focus on matters such as urgent medical issues, matters related to youth and behavior, climate change and our living environment, but also digital security and historical issues. The consortia includes a broad array of social partners, varying from public parties such as the Police Academy and Rijkswaterstaat to organizations such as the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals and the Red Cross. Industry is also represented, for example by Royal IHC, ABN AMRO and Bayer.

INTERSECT: An Internet of Secure Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) represents one of the biggest challenges (and - as of today - failures) for cybersecurity and cyber-privacy. INTERSECT addresses this societal and technical challenge by adopting a completely new, foundational perspective that brings together security research (e.g. design, defense, attack generation) with legal and criminology approaches. From TILT, Maša Galic and Ronald Leenes participated in drafting the proposal for this project.

The project will start on 1 November 2019 and end on 30 October 2027. TILT will be in charge of two areas of research in the project: privacy and, partially, governance. Within the governance pillar (led by Maša), project participants will be examining how IoT security can benefit from incentives created through liability (civil and criminal, on the side of IoT providers and end-users), certification and standardization regimes (including the proposed EU cybersecurity certification scheme (COMM/2017/477)). Within the privacy pillar (led by Ronald), the focus will be on Privacy-by-Design in the secure IoT context, from design patterns, development frameworks and privacy enhancing technologies to secure IoT specific PETs.

TILT will soon be hiring additional staff for the needs of this project.

Main applicant: Prof. S. Etalle (Eindhoven University of Technology)

Participating institutions: VU Amsterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen, Delft University of Technology, University of Twente, Tilburg University, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, TNO, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, BDO Advisory B.V., Brainport Development N.V., Bosch Security Systems B.V., Centric Netherlands B.V., Compumatica secure networks B.V., Consumentenbond (Dutch Consumer Association), Fourtress BV, ICT Automatisering B.V., Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Océ-Technologies B.V., Omron Europe B.V., Oracle Nederland B.V., Royal Philips N.V., Qbit Cyber Security, Secura B.V., Foundation for Internet Domain Registration in the Netherlands (SIDN), Siemens Netherlands N.V., Signify Netherlands B.V., Simac Techniek N.V., SURFnet B.V., Synopsys Netherlands B.V., Technolution B.V., Verum Software Tools B.V.

Amount rewarded: € 8.227.427