The Foundation successfully participated in the presentation of the Extended Partnership 7 for the implementation of a research project, called SERICS (SEcurity and RIghts in the CyberSpace), within the MUR call for proposals aimed at funding basic research within the framework of the National Plan for Recovery and Resilience (PNRR), Mission 4 Component 2 Investment 1.3 subsidised by the European Union - NextGenerationEU.

The SERICS research project is divided into 10 thematic areas (TA), associated with as many Spokes (aggregations of subjects within the Extended Partnership).


The FUB is involved within two of these thematic areas:

  • AT4: Operating Systems and Virtualization Security. Operating systems (OS) and virtualisation technologies (VT) are key factors for the existing and emerging computing and communication paradigms, such as cloud, fog, edge computing and 5G/6G. Thematic area 4 covers the development of highly automated security services and security certification methodologies to support the development and verification of cloud, edge and 5G applications that are secure-by-design;
  • AT7: Infrastructure Security. The overall objective of this thematic area concerns the evolution of infrastructure security technologies.


This general objective is translated into four specific objectives:

  • design and develop an open and nationally available secure computing architecture, which will be the starting point for the construction of secure infrastructures that do not suffer from potential risks arising from the use of proprietary technologies;
  • improve the safety and reliability of the automotive infrastructure, which, with the interconnection and mass electrification of vehicles, will become one of the country’s most vulnerable assets;
  • improve the security, reliability and resilience of smart grids, which are a key component in optimising energy consumption and achieving the green deal;
  • contribute to the improvement of the security posture of ICT assets (e.g. networks, systems and IT/OT services) included in the “National Cyber Security Perimeter”, by providing ontologies, methodologies, guidelines, best practices and other tools.
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