The second SECURE-R2I brokerage event was held in Minsk, Belarus, on 19 November 2015. Being part of the annual Bank-IT forum, the brokerage event focused on the secure technologies targeting the bank and finance industries.
Organised by our partners Infopark and the United Institute of Informatics Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the event attracted more than 80 participants from local and international businesses, universities or NGOs.

The event spread across half a day started with welcome speeches from the organisers, quickly transitioning to presentations about collaboration opportunities. Thus, Mr Andrei Koctevich and Mr Sergey Tumel, head of AVEST group and Manger for IT at SoftClub group, respectively, introduced the “Harmonizing Digital Markets” initiative between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries, in which eInvocing cross border transactions require harmonisation and trusted third parties.
Dr. Tatyana Lyadnova, the H2020 ICT national contact point, presented the different opportunities for EU-Belarus collaboration.

Several scientists and industrialists presented their technologies for securing the bank and finance sectors. Dr Elena Achimova from the Institute of Applied Physics of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova and Prof. Alexander Stronski from the V.E. Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor Physics of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine presented their latest advancement in the development of high secure holograms. This technology is especially innovative in the fact that it allows two levels of security in a hologram –one optical and one magnetic.
Dr. Anahit Gogyan, from the Institute for Physical Research of the National Academy of Science of Armenia reviewed the current state of the development of quantum cryptography technology. This emerging technology has the potential to increase significantly the security of telecommunications, which is critical in the bank and finance sectors.

Mr Sven Heinberg from Cybernetica AS presented the experience of his company and his country, Estonia, in the implementation nationwide of e-governance and e-ID technologies. This inspiring case demonstrated a successful public-private partnership initiative with high economic and social impacts.

Mr Heinberg was joined by his colleague Nikolai Kalosha from the United Institute of Informatics Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus to present the technology they developed for a secure e-voting solution, which could be interesting for banks and financial institutions.

Mr Valenting Mishchenko and Mr Vladimir Zaharov, from the A.M. Shirokov Institute of Modern Knowledge Belarus, introduced a system of electronic identification, authenticity checkup and control of goods movement.

Mr Vladimir Golovko from the Brest State Technical University in Belarus introduced an intelligent cyber defence system based on artificial immune and neural networks, which is very interesting for the bank and IT sectors to increase protection from malicious IT hacking and malwares.

Finally, Mr Aleksandr Gurin from Gemalto, reviewed the different ways to monetise software.
The presentations were followed by a panel discussion about innovation policy challenges in Belarus.
This panel based its discussion of the findings of the research carried out by TII in the frame of the SECURE-R2I project. The Belarussian participants acknowledged the findings while giving concrete examples of progress made through different initiatives. Dr Gert Jervan from the Tallinn University of Technology brought an outsider view using the case of how his institution evolved since the 90s.

At the end of the event, the different participants were given an opportunity to network through informal talks.

In addition to this brokerage event, we had the pleasure to also invite Dr. Jean Hilger, Head of IT, Senior Vice President, Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat, Luxembourg, to give a talk on “Banking cybersecurity in a regulated landscape” during the BankIT forum.

A last event of this type is planned in Ukraine in 2016. Keep in touch with us for more information through our website secure-r2i.eu

A list of presentations delivered during the brokerage event is available here.
 

SUAFRI-EPC
Ener2i
Inco-Net EaP
Innover-East
No-Gap
RERAM

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609534.