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Organisation – Security Committee

The Security Committee is a group of representatives from the Consortium with sufficient knowledge of security issues, that is in charge of reviewing Project deliverables, in view of deciding about their dissemination in the public domain, possibly after suitable screening of sensitive information.


Assessment that no sensitive knowledge is released to the public domain

  • By checking that  that no sensitive Consortium knowledge is released to the public domain
  • By ascertaining that security arrangements set-up for project operations are in place (document sharing, software exchange, etc.)

Security screening of all deliverables destined to publication

  • Promoted some confidential deliverables into public ones, by removal of sensitive info about pilot sites/systems (e.g., details on system components, detailed physical/logistical site map; details on system components)
  • Checked-out some undue information in public deliverables (e.g., technical instructions for Beneficiaries, maps of physical sites, etc.)


George Spanoudakis

Security Committee Chairman

George Spanoudakis is Professor of Software Engineering at City University London and Director of the research Centre on Adaptive Computing Systems (CeNACS). He is also a member of the Council of University of Piraeus (Greece). He holds a BSc degree in Informatics (Athens University of Economics & Business Science, 1988), an MSc degree in Advanced Methods in Computer Science (Queen Mary College-University of London, 1989) and a PhD in Computer Science (University of Crete, 1994). Prior to his current post, he had been a lecturer (1997-99), senior lecturer (1999-2004) and reader (2004-06) at City University. He had also been Head of the Department of Computing at City (2004-2007) and Associate Dean for Research of the School of Informatics at City (2010-2014), and held visiting posts at University of Crete (1999), London School of Economics (1999), University of Essen (2001) and University of Malaga (2008). Professor Spanoudakis works in the broad field of software systems engineering. In 2000, he established the Software Engineering Research Group at City research group (SE@City) and led it until 2014 when the group became part of the Centre for Adaptive Computing Engineering (CeNACS) . His current research interests focus on service oriented computing, cloud computing and software systems security (with particular focus on assessing system security compliance and risk, security certification and security-by-design). He has published extensively in the areas of his research (more than 130 peer reviewed publications) and has obtained more than 5.2m Euro of external research funding. He has also been the principal investigator of several research projects including the EU Framework 7 projects EMBalance (Dec 2013 – Nov 2016), CUMULUS (Certification Infrastructure for Multi-Layer Cloud Services, Oct 2012- Sep 2015), ASSERT4SOA (Advanced Security Service Certificates for SOA, 2010-13), IoT-at-Work (IoT technology in manufacturing, 2010-2013, co investigator), S-CUBE (Software, Systems and Services Network of Excellence, 2008-12) and SLA@SOI (Empowering the Service Economy with SLA-aware Infrastructures, 2008-11), the EU Framework 6 projects SERENITY (Systems Engineering for Security and Dependability, 2006-08), PEPERS (Mobile Peer-to-Peer Security Infrastructure, 2006-08), SECSE (Service-centric System Engineering, 2004-2008), GREDIA (2006-2009, co-investigator), and the EPSRC project IMOOSD (1999-2000).He has also been serving as a member of the editorial boards of international journals, including Int. Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, Int. Journal Of Web Services Research, Int. Journal Of Service Computing, Int. Journal On Advances in Intelligent Systems, Int. Journal On Advances in Security, and Int. Journal On Advances in Software , and the programme committees of more than 150 international conferences and workshops. Currently, these include NTMS 2014 (co-chair of Security Track), ICSOC 2014, SCC 2014, SOCA 2014, SEKE 2014, MODELSWARD 2014, SECURWARE 2014, DEPEND 2014, CLOUD COMPUTING 2014, and SAPSE 2014.

Italo D’Ascoli

Ethics Committee Chairman & Security Committee Member

Italo D’Ascoli is the Head of Security at Linate Airport – Commercial and General Aviation, in SEA Operations Department and immediate reporting to the Security Manager. He gained a solid professional experience working for nearly 25 years at international airports, ranging from Customs Clearance, to the role of Ramp Manager, Environmental Advisor and Customs Relations Manager, maintaining the position ad interim of Security Manager Italy for DHL Aviation. He holds his current position in SEA since May 2011. Graduated in Law at the University of Milan, he has an excellent knowledge of English and a good knowledge of French.

José Lorenzo

Security Committee Member

José Lorenzo is the Head of the Manufacturing, Retail and Environment Market in Atos Research & Innovation (ARI) and former E&U Market Manager, and Transport and Tourism Head of Sector, also in ARI. He has a Telecommunication Engineer Degree (Master of Science) and specialty of TELEMATICA (Data Transmission) by the Faculty of Technology in the University of Vigo (Spain). He joined the ATOS former, Sema Group sae, in April 2001 as a Consultant. Since then, he has been involved in the technical development, management and coordination of EU funded projects, like ORCHESTRA or DEWS. Latest projects being coordinated by him are EO2HEAVEN (as Research Coordinator), OpenNode or ENVIROFI (phase 1 project of the FI-PPP).

Alexander Korff

Security and Ethics Committees Member

Alexander Korff has always been interested in technology and security. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked at leading UK technology companies (then start-ups) WorldPay and Autonomy in business development roles.  More recently, he has practised law as a UK-qualified solicitor at Clifford Chance (in several international offices) and Bird & Bird in London, specialising in contentious and non-contentious IT and intellectual property law – predominantly for tech-sector clients. Alexander has also practised law in-house with EADS Airbus.  Alexander joined ValidSoft in 2010 and advises the business on a range of public policy and legal affairs, and is responsible for ValidSoft’s growing IP portfolio.

Renato Menicocci

Security Committee Member

Renato Menicocci graduated with a summa cum laude degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in July 1991 with a thesis on Stream Cipher Cryptanalysis. From 1992 to 2000, he was a Researcher of the Cryptology Group of Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (FUB). From 1996 to 1999, he was the Italian delegate at ISO/JTC1 SC27 WG2 (“Information Technology – Security Techniques – Security Techniques and Mechanisms”). From 2000 to 2002, he was a Cryptography and Computer Security Expert of the Rome Crypto Design R&D Centre of Gemplus. From 2003 to 2008, he restarted cooperating with FUB as a consultant for ICT Security and ITSEC/Common Criteria Security Evaluation. Since August 2004, he’s been cooperating with the Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, where, from 2004 to 2006, he was under a research fellowship connected to the EU FP6 Project SCARD (Side Channel Analysis Resistant Design Flow). Since 2008 he’s a researcher of FUB, where his main interests are ICT Security and ICT Security Evaluation and Certification, especially under Common Criteria. From 2010 to 2013, he was involved in the EU FP7 Project ASSERT4SOA (Advanced Security Service Certificate for SOA). Currently, he’s involved in the EU FP7 Project CUMULUS (Certification Infrastructure for Multi-Layer Cloud Services).