Presenting the EOSC Core and Marketplace Provider Days

From 26 to 28 April, join EOSC Future, the INFRAEOSC-07 projects and ARCHIVER to discover what the EOSC platform has to offer for resource and service providers. Whether you’re still discovering EOSC or you’re a seasoned provider in need of a refresher course, the EOSC Core and Marketplace Provider Days will get you up to speed on the interoperability requirements, onboarding procedure and upcoming developments.

Check out the programme and register for this online event.

On 26 April, a team of technical experts and open science advocates will showcase how providers can interact with the EOSC platform. During a session on the EOSC Core, they will present the set of internal functionalities that allows EOSC to operate and how these functionalities support providers. The session on the EOSC portal, meanwhile, will focus on onboarding requirements and processes.

26 April

9.00 – 9.45 CESTEOSC for data and service providers
10.00 – 11.30 CESTEOSC Core
11.45 am – 12.30 CESTFAIRification of data and services
13.30 – 15.00 CESTEOSC portal
15.15 – 16.00 CESTTowards composable services: The EOSC Interoperability Framework

Sessions on 27 and 28 April will provide targeted information for specific provider groups. Current resource and service providers will present what they are making available through EOSC and how they benefit from this. EOSC project representatives will give an overview of specific features for each group as well as upcoming improvements. All prospective and current providers are invited to join a detailed onboarding training session.

27 April

9.00 – 9.45 CESTLibraries as EOSC providers
10.00 – 10.45 CESTRepositories as EOSC providers
11.00 – 11.45 CESTUniversities as EOSC providers
12.00 – 12.45 CESTHPC centres as EOSC providers
14.00 – 15.30 CESTTraining session: How to onboard your services to the EOSC portal

28 April

9.00 – 9.45 CESTScience clusters and research infrastructures as EOSC providers
10.00 – 10.45 CESTEOSC for commercial providers
11.00 – 11.45 CESTNational infrastructures as EOSC providers

EUHubs4Data’s IoT-SESOD experiment supported by EGI

SECURING YOUR IOT DEVICE WITH FBOMS FROM DEVASTATING CYBERATTACKS

The high number of active IoT devices globally is expected to grow from 7.6 billion in 2019 to 24.1 billion in 2030 (more than 3 times!), and their high speed of adoption has raised worries about their security.

At the same time, the current state of IoT cybersecurity is overlooked and can be described with the three following facts:

  • 5 minutes is usually needed to attack a plugged into the internet IoT device 
  • 5,200 cyberattacks IoT devices experience on average per month 
  • 205 days it takes to fix critical security vulnerabilities

For all these reasons, these days businesses have to look for high-quality cybersecurity solutions that can provide deep-level protection.

Firmware is a core part of any connected device and plays a critical role in controlling main device functions. Firmware security and its continuous maintenance make an IoT device HIGHLY secure to use.

“An ability to see all the components integrated into the firmware (FBoM) is a time-efficient way to determine necessary actions in case vulnerabilities are found in one of the components.”

In the EUHubs4Data IoT-SESOD project, Binare is aiming to take off the label “black box” from IoT devices by generating complete and accurate (I)IoT firmware SBoMs and their always-up-to-date vulnerability (CVE) mappings.

The EUHubs4Data IoT-SESOD experiment results have uncovered the critical need to perform binary IoT firmware analysis & identify the software components in IoT device firmware: 7.9 M vulnerabilities & 3652 distinct CVEs identified in 14.000 firmware files, 2733 distinct software components & 178 device types from 215 vendors.

Thanks to EGI support and mentoring during EUHubs4Data, Binare was able to benefit from the first-class support of researchers and High-Performance Computing (HPC) specialists. Overall, over a 9 month IoT-SESOD project period, EGI and its infrastructure partners offered Binare access to a whopping 2.1 million CPU-hours and 4.2 million GB-RAM-hours of computing power.

Binare is a deep firmware-level security platform for vulnerable IoT devices. Binare’s automated cybersecurity solution not only identifies vulnerable software components in firmware like an X-ray machine but also takes care of new emerging cyber threats by continuous monitoring of the components.

Binare’s component analysis tool is a must-have for critical infrastructures such as healthcare, energy and transportation where decisions have to be made very fast in response to new vulnerabilities and cyber threats. These days the speed with which new vulnerabilities emerge is quite high and if you don’t keep up to this speed, it becomes a huge risk that can turn into a reality within seconds! Binare’s unique technology guarantees high-level firmware protection of IoT devices: scanning & fixing SINGLE insecure firmware is always a better option than fixing (or securing, recalling, etc.) MILLIONS of vulnerable, exploited or otherwise impacted devices post-deployment/post-OTA due to that single firmware that is found vulnerable.

Find out more about Binare and the experiments:

EUH4D Data Forum 2022 is approaching

Building a trusted and fair data-driven federation” is the title of this year’s edition of the Data Forum promoted by the EUHubs4Data project.

Data Forum is an annual event organized by the EUHubs4Data, created to raise awareness, share results and recommendations and collect feedback on strategies and policies around data from the European Commission. The 2022 edition will be held on March 30th in Leuven, Belgium. The event is organized as a part of KU Leuven’s LAILEC (Leuven AI Legal and Ethics) 2022 conference

What does the European legislation need to foster data-driven cross-border experimentation and effective data sharing? Data Forum 2022 examines the creation of a federation of Data-Driven Innovation Hubs from the law and ethics perspective. It outlines the current and upcoming regulatory landscape and its impact on cross-border data-driven innovation and experimentation. Using the EUHubs4Data experiments and assets offering as a reference, it pinpoints the policy and ethical challenges of data sharing and addresses them with tangible examples. The event provides a far-sighted view of the creation of federated ecosystems and data spaces in Europe. 

The half-day event brings together an inspiring set of speakers with a wide variety of expertise. The panellists include EU policymakers, researchers, and representatives from SMEs, startups and DIHs. Giving the spotlight to innovators and research projects building European data markets, Data Forum 2022 provides insight drawing from the concrete experience of actors working in the field. The event welcomes entrepreneurs and SMEs creating data and AI services, DIHs wanting to strengthen their ecosystem, ethics and law scholars analysing the effects of the regulation, policy-makers and experts shaping the environment or anyone curious to see how the future of European innovation is shaped. 

More information about the programme and all the logistics is available on the EUH4Data website.


The EUHUBS4DATA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 951771.

New science case supported by EGI-ACE

EGI-ACE supports a series of science cases, detailing how the project contributes to the advancement of research and studies for a specific community. The collaboration between the project and the communities served is detailed in a Service Level Agreement (SLA) document, which is public and available on the EGI repository.

This month, we showcase the ENES use case. 

The European Network for Earth System modelling (ENES) was launched in 2001 with a network of about 50 groups including public, academic and industrial partners. Since then, the parties work together and cooperate to discuss possible strategies to accelerate progress in climate, Earth system modelling and understanding.

ENES community started collaborating with EGI within the European Open Science Cloud context, in particular in the EOSC-Hub project, delivering the ECAS (ENES Climate Analytics Service) Thematic Service which targets analytics needs from the community. 

The collaboration continues via the EGI-ACE project to create the ENES Data Space, which delivers an open, scalable, cloud-enabled data science environment for climate data analysis on top of the EOSC Compute Platform and the ECAS service. It provides both storage and computational capabilities offering a Jupyter notebooks interface for running data manipulation, analysis, visualization, and a data publication service enabling file browsing and data access for scientific datasets. Thanks to the SLA agreed with EGI, the TR-FC1-ULAKBIM resource provider from Turkey is supporting the operation of the ENES Data Space, offering more than 170 vCPU cores, 170GB of RAM and 300TB of block storage.

The ENES Data Space is now available as a service to the EOSC community and available from the EOSC Marketplace.


Check the SLA on the EGI repository.

Check the ENES Case Study and the other Case Studies supported by EGI-ACE.

Participate in the webinar about the ENES Data Space on March 9, 2022, at 2 PM CET.

EGI supports the Stick to Science initiative

EGI supports the initiative Stick to Science, an online campaign for an open and inclusive European Research Area. 

The European research community has set up the Stick to Science initiative calling for open and barrier-free collaboration among Europe’s research and innovation (R&I) actors, who all share the same values. Stick to Science is an active response to the delayed progression of association agreements with Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK) in the framework of Horizon Europe, the new research funding programme of the European Commission. 

The associated countries contribute both scientifically and financially to the European R&I landscape. Associated countries are relevant to the EU research programmes as they contribute financially to them and contribute to critical areas of knowledge and research. To make an example, Switzerland is a pioneer in quantum research and provides decisive building blocks for the European development of quantum technologies. Without Switzerland’s inclusion, certain EU projects could experience delays of several years in innovation without Swiss technology and collaboration.

Stick to Science is supported by renowned scientists and was initiated by the Presidents of ETH Zurich, EPFL, ETH Board, Universities UK, Wellcome and the Royal Society.

CERN thematic school on security of research computing infrastructures

The deadline is approaching to apply to the CERN thematic school 2022 on “Security of research computing infrastructures”.

The background

The CERN School of Computing promotes advanced learning and knowledge exchange in scientific computing among young scientists and engineers. 

This year’s thematic school, to take place on June 19-25, has security of research computing infrastructure as the main theme. This thematic school is addressed to people working in academia and research institutes, who need to ensure security and resilience of computing resources they manage as part of their job, and who want to be prepared to detect and handle possible security incidents.

Why security matters

Security is vital to ensure smooth operations of infrastructures. To provide and deliver a secure and stable infrastructure, giving scientists and researchers the protection and confidence they require to safely and effectively carry out their research, EGI runs the EGI Computer Security and Incident Response Team (EGI-CSIRT). EGI-CSIRT provides operational security for the EGI Infrastructure; it is a Certified member of TF-CSIRT Trusted Introducer Service and maintains links to security teams in peer infrastructures, National Grid Infrastructures (NGIs) and National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). In addition to core activities of coordinating the response to the computer and network security incidents and mitigating threats to the infrastructure, the CSIRT team, in collaboration with NGI partners, provides services for security monitoring, security training, and best practice dissemination. The EGI CSIRT team collaborates with CERN to this year’ summer school on “Security of research computing infrastructures”, fostering security within EGI and beyond.

Info on registration and important dates

This school is organised by CERN in collaboration with the University of Split, and depending on the pandemic, it might take place in person. The full programme, available on CERN’s website, covers all aspects of security management, from the basics to protection and prevention of security threats, detection and response.

The deadline for submitting applications to the thematic summer school is Sunday, March 13.

Other important dates are: 

Tuesday, April 5 – invitations sent to the selected participants

Sunday, May 8 – registration fee payment deadline

Sunday, June 19 to Saturday June 25 – the school

Logo Design Contest for the European Open Science Cloud

Submission is open until 25 February 2022

Young designers!

The EOSC Association is looking for creative graphic design students or recent graduates, under 30, in the EU and associated countries that have a unique approach to the topic. Their creative proposals should feature a logo for the EOSC Association and a co-branded logo for related EOSC projects that can be used in various media. The young designers will compete for:

● a cash prize of €5.000,-

● the chance to present their logo at the 2022 EOSC Symposium in Prague, November 2022 (accommodation and travel costs will be covered).

A jury of established designers and EOSC experts will review and select the shortlisted designs, which will then be put to a vote within the EOSC community.

EOSC

The development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) kicked off in 2018. Now, taking stock of the digital transformation of research in Europe and the role EOSC can play, the EOSC Association is looking for a new logo that showcases EOSC’s ambitious vision of cutting-edge, pan-European research through an integrated web of data and related services for researchers.

Deadline

Design submissions will be accepted until 25 February 2022, 23.59 CET.

Content rules, info and submission portal

Please find all information here: https://eosc.eu/eosc-logo-competition-application