EU project CYRUS proposes novel approach to cybersecurity training

Aiming at better protection against cyberattacks

As cyberattacks become more and more frequent, the CYRUS project aims to propose a novel cybersecurity training programme. The goal is to increase awareness and enable staff in the manufacturing and transport industry to better recognise and mitigate cyberattacks. Eleven partners from nine EU countries are working together in this three-year project. To make information about the CYRUS publicly available, the project has launched its website.

CYRUS aims to implement cybersecurity training systems that utilise digitalisation, virtualisation and e-learning. These courses will create a blend of skills and capabilities for awareness, identification and mitigation of and response to cyber threats. To address the constraints of traditional classroom-based courses, the training packages will enhance the users’ engagement and retention while establishing a flexible and efficient training system.

The courses will primarily concentrate on technical skills as well as methodological and organisational aspects. They will be composed of theoretical and practical exercises and on-the-job simulations in a cyber-range environment.

CYRUS consortium

The CYRUS project consortium at the kick-off-meeting in Rome end of January 2023

Now up and running

Since July, the CYRUS website has been online, complementing the LinkedIn profile with publicly available information. The platform gives an overview of the project, its objectives, the consortium as well as cybersecurity in general. Moreover, it provides additional materials like a brochure and the latest news. Interested persons can subscribe to the project’s newsletter to learn more about the project and stay up to date.


The CYRUS project proposes a novel training system, where a complete set of skills to be vigilant, to identify and to respond to cyber-attacks will be delivered. The framework exploits innovative methods for training implementation. Virtualisation-dedicated cyber-range simulations in operational settings and work-based learning will allow timely and efficient course delivery, overcome the current hindrance, and raise interest in the awareness program and good practices.

The European research project was launched 1 January 2023, will run for three years and is led by Deep Blue S.r.l. The funding framework is provided by the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HADEA) as part of the European Union’s DIGITAL-2022-TRAINING-02 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101100733.

Project partners are: Deep Blue S.r.l. (Italy), Cefriel S.r.l. (Italy), Stichting VU (Netherlands), G & N Silensec Ltd (Cyprus), The Polish Platform for Homeland Security (Poland), EIT Manufacturing Central gGmbH (Germany), Italienische Handelshammer für Deutschland (Germany), Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (France), European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (Belgium), Universitatea Spiru Haret (Romania), Viesoji Istaiga Lietuvos Inovaciju Centras (Lithuania)

Co-Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HADEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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