Digital Trust & Security

Digital Trust & Security Working Group


Jean-Pierre Tual, WP President - GEMALTO,


“2012 has been again a very successful year for the Digital Trust & Security Working Group, consolidating the portfolio of R&D projects, ensuring proper outcome of already completed projects and extending the cooperation with several French and European clusters.

The challenges highlighted by the Thematic Group in the field of DT&S and described in its 2013-2018 roadmap are to provide the methodological frameworks, components and solutions needed (especially at ICT level) to ensure trust and security in highly complex environments, such as critical infrastructures (transportation, energy distribution and other vital infrastructure), decision-making centers, smart-city infrastructure, complex transactional systems (e-government, e-commerce, communication networks,
payment systems), and of course customer or citizen centric ICT environments. Several ambitious projects have been started last year (such as Homere+, PISCO, Virtualis) to address some of these new challenges. No doubt that these projects have all the qualities to generate the innovative secure and trusted products of tomorrow.

As competitiveness clusters are now asked to accelerate the transition from “project factories” to “innovative products factories”, it is also interesting to consider the already achieved “success stories” generated by the Thematic Group, including Dictao, HGH, Evitech, Civitec and LMS Imagine as spotlighted in the “Systematic Success Stories leaflet”; these companies represent bright examples of SMEs whose business development has been boosted by collaborative project originated with our Cluster.

Concerning National and European collaborations in 2012, the DT&S Working Group has been deeply involved in the elaboration of most of the National Security Roadmaps -including Digital Identity, Critical Infrastructure protection, Cybersecurity, Videoprotection, a national initiative supported by the Public Authorities from France which gathered most of the French industrial and academic actors in the field of Global Security.

At the international level, we successfully concluded the European INTERREG project “Signature”, that involved four European Security clusters (including Systematic) and which has been a key tool to stimulate SMEs participation to leading international collaborative research and innovation projects in the area of security. But European collaborations are not over as from 2013, Systematic and more precisely DT&S will participate to a new European project, MAPPS, aimed at stimulating French-German cooperation in the area of civil security research. No doubt that, capitalizing on these successes and on the dynamism of its members, 2013 will be again a great and successful year for our Working Group, especially considering the raising importance of digital trust and security in almost all activities from our daily personal or professional lives."



Citizens, companies, institutions, policy-makers and governments are facing a new set of risks (Seveso, health,
natural, terrorism and cyber-terrorism, organized crime...) amplified by the major changes of our society: development of megacities; widespread e-commerce and e-government, globalization of trade and services, generalization of user and data mobility.


These risks are related to:

  • The concentration and mobility of large groups of people in sensitive areas (public places, railway stations, airports): as a matter of example, 3 billion passengers transit annually in the 30 largest airports in the world.
  • The growing dependence of our society in Information and Communications technologies (ICT), that are playing an increasing role in almost all areas of practical life (health and wellbeing, commerce, citizenship, industry, transportation, trade, finance...).
  • The globalization of electronic transactions (trade, finance, etc...) in an ever increasing complex, ubiquitous and virtualized ICT environment, hence vulnerable to massive fraud or cyber risks and in which it becomes always more challenging to create and maintain trust and confidence among the various stakeholder.
  • The raising concerns of users, citizens and organizations in front of possible privacy flaws in the management of their personal or critical data by external systems. The development of new concepts such as mobility or cloud-computing is especially creating new concerns in this area.


The above mentioned security risks cannot be treated without significant innovations or breakthroughs in both SW technology, methodological framework, architecture and components, demonstrating the final ability to ensure a trustworthy management of the large complex systems addressed in the Working Group. They must also address some critical social or societal challenges such as privacy by design, impact of new technologies on organizational or educational processes, e-inclusion and children/minor protection.


The Digital Trust & Security Working Group is positioned on five technology areas, called “Development Axis”:

• Critical infrastructure protection
• Trusted infrastructure for smart-cities
• Digital trust for the citizen
• Trust and transactional security in large systems, fraud management
• Common technologies for multi-risk management, resilience, human and societal issues


  • R&D Financed Projects: 73
  • Partners: 153 including:

• 81 SMEs
• 7 Enterprises of Intermediate Size
• 42 Large companies
• 23 Research institutes and universities

  • Total investment: 321.8M€



Jean-Louis SZABO

WG Vice-President

Johan D'HOSE

Representative of Permanent Secretariat