It is time for the EU-HYBNET consortium to thank you for your wonderful cooperation and wish you all most joyful Christmas/ Happy holidays and all the best and prosperous for the New Year!
We are honoured of your involvement within the project. It will be our sincere pleasure to continue the joint efforts and highly interesting project together in 2022. Looking forward to future endeavours!
EU-HYBNET consortium reports on its activities twice a year. It is with great pleasure that we share with you this update of the project’s progress. Moreover, it covers past and upcoming EU-HYBNET related events. Happy reading!
On the 13th of April 2021, the EU-HYBNET consortium held its first Annual Stakeholders’ Group meeting. The event was part of the EU-HYBNET Month.
The Stakeholder Group Meeting was an opportunity for the consortium to gather the recommendations of the relevant stakeholders about EU-HYBNET’s first results and discuss topics relevant to future network activities.
On the 13th of April 2021, the EU-HYBNET consortium held its first Annual Workshop #AW that was part of the EU-HYBNET Month. The EU-HYBNET Annual Workshop presented the initial project findings and progress to the project consortium members and pan-European stakeholders; made up of practitioners, industry, academia and NGOs.
On 31st of March 2021, the EU-HYBNET consortium held its second event and first virtual Future Trends Workshop, #FTW. This workshop also marked the start of the EU-HYBNET month, which will gather the consortium and EU-HYBNET network around several interesting virtual events until the 28th of April 2021.
The European Commission, by means of its Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) and the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) in Helsinki have joined forces to develop a conceptual model for characterizing Hybrid Threats accompanied by a framework for analysis. The proposed conceptual model’s analytical framework is developed around four main pillars:
Actors (and their strategic objectives)
This structure enables us to grasp the time variable of Hybrid Threats and identify the way in which an actor can employ a series of tools to affect the targeted country in order to achieve a series of objectives.
The proposed framework is not the mere listing of the above-mentioned pillars, but aims at identifying the links between them as well as providing a flexible framework, a blueprint, that can be adapted to the needs of each EU and NATO member state.
The proposed conceptual model’s analytical framework is validated against a number of real case studies in order to assess its validity and its analytical value. Although it would be convenient to establish the analytical framework on the basis of past experience, we refrained from doing so in order to deliver a concept for Hybrid Threats and analytical framework that is future-proof, handles the test of time and that describes the concept of Hybrid Threats against the background of current security environment dynamics, while taking into consideration the evolving nature of the threat.
In particular, the conceptual model puts much emphasis on actors. It aims at understanding their drivers by studying their motives, doctrines, open source intelligence and literature, which duly provide pieces of evidence for their objectives and strategic culture. A deep understanding of actors’ objectives is an excellent proxy for forecasting possible future activities. The conceptual model focuses on state and non-state actors and the case studies demonstrate the diversified nature of their activities and modii operandi.
Mark your calendars, because you are cordially invited to the 1st EU-HYBNET Annual Workshop that will be held on 13 April 2021! The EU-HYBNET Pan European Network to Counter Hybrid Threats Annual Workshop aims at highlighting the results and findings of the EU-HYBNET project gained during the first project year.
As part of the event, EU-HYBENT isinviting organizations that work with security-related topics to present research and/or innovations which could contribute to countering hybrid threats.
EU-HYBNET is interested to hearing about a wide array of issues such as:
Ideas in organizational change.
Public policy measures and experiences.
Solutions to increase security in and resilience of critical infrastructures, cyber domain, local and national government.
Information and strategic communication systems.
If you are interested in presenting your solution or innovative idea during the 1st EU-HYBNET Annual Workshop, please fill out the accompanied template.
Hybrid threats are one of the main security challenges Western democracies currently struggle with. Hybrid threats are in the news, mostly framed or wrapped in specific ‘hybrid’ phenomena like disinformation, foreign meddling in elections and cyber hacks. Countering these threats remains a demanding task as they evolve due to technological advances and new ways of hybrid campaigning.
It is for this reason that, Drs. W.R.F. Meessen (TNO), Drs. F.F. Bekkers (HCSS), B. Torossian, MSC (HCSS) have written an article that collects some of the most relevant trends and developments that shape hybrid threats, now and in the years to come, and that pose huge challenges for countering these threats.
Are you a Security Practitioner? A stakeholder? An Academic? An Industry Player? Or a SME? Are you interested in countering hybrid threats? Then, have a look to the first EU-HYBNET Newsletter.
This first edition will provide you an overview of EU-HYBNET Network and vision; and Project Partners. It then provides and update on the present status of the project by showing the latest developments related to the Innovation Arena; Gaps and Needs activities. Finally it covers past and upcoming EU-HYBNET related events.
If you are interested in knowing more, have a look at the newsletter.