Profile & expertise
At Vicomtech, we carry out applied R&D&i. We bridge the gap between basic research and industry. We research and develop technologies, always responding to market demand and contributing real solutions to businesses. In close collaboration with companies, other research centres and universities we aim to generate a positive impact on our environment through technology transfer. We specialise in digital technologies related to Visual Computing and Interaction and Artificial Intelligence
Vicomtech is set up as a private non-profit Foundation. Our main mission is to respond to the Applied Research, Development and Innovation needs of businesses and institutions, enabling them to confront new financial and social challenges, thus improving their competitiveness in the global marketplace.
Our approach consists of applying the proper technology to reduce the risks affecting organisations, adapting ourselves to the structure of each possible data source: Industrial Cybersecurity, support for security organisations and forces, protection of sensitive information in the medical sector, detection of suspicious patterns in the financial world, biometric techniques, analysis of security on the internet and even the Dark Web, etc. We have our own technology and proven experience to contribute high-value solutions in all these fields.
Cybersecurity in Networks and Processes
Our aim is to give both the ICT sector (in IT networks) and the production industry (in OT networks) the necessary technology to stay ahead of the ever-changing digital and cyber-physical threats. To do so, we focus on the discovery of patterns and anomalies in communications and information processes and in the identification and protection of compromised systems and we apply Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques to the complex dynamics of ICT systems.
Role in the Project
The role of VICOMTECH in KINAITICS is mainly focused on technological development and covers three different aspects. On the one hand, as coordinator of the work package that defines the interaction model and simulation of cyber-physical systems. on the other hand, VICOMTECH leads the task of incident response based on decision support systems and finally we contribute to the task related to analysis of cybersecurity of artificial intelligence models and systems. The simulation and experimentation environment must cover four use cases defined and developed by other partners: security in healthcare, finance, simulation code and CBNR.
Together, the work carried out by VICOMTECH will allow the definition of a flexible and secure environment for experimentation and validation of technologies in which attack and defense capabilities, that incorporate machine learning to adapt to environment changes, can be explored in the scope of the defined use cases. In this way, the result will make it possible to extend the perception and reaction capabilities of cyber ranges in Europe, improving the training of operators and teaching them to cooperate with intelligent systems, helping them to face attackers who also rely on them.
Key people on the project
Dr. Raul Orduna graduated in Computer Engineering from the Faculty of Computer Science of San Sebastián from the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU) and obtained a PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the School of Industrial and Telecommunications Engineering (ETSIIT) of the Public University of Navarra (UPNA). In 2001, he started working at S21sec in various departments: Audit, Consulting, Learning, and Research and Development. In 2005 he joined the Strategic Office of Panda Security and later, in 2006, he started working at Tracasa as Cybersecurity Project Leader and, a few years later, as Director of Innovation. He is currently the Director of Digital Security at Vicomtech. He has participated in or led projects related to ethical hacking, forensics, malware analysis, access control, and cryptography. The current lines of research focus on the detection of anomalies and attacks in information systems and communication networks; decision support systems for an optimized response to threats; and information protection using robust identity management systems and federated/distributed access control for complex systems; as well as traceability assurance mechanisms using highly available and immutable distributed repositories.
Dr. Francesco Zola graduated in Computer Engineering and Telecommunications (2012) and obtained a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering in 2015 at the University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale (Italy). Francesco obtained a PhD in Industrial Science and Technology at the Public University of Navarra (UPNA) applying machine learning algorithms for the detection and classification of anomalies in graphs in cybersecurity environments. Francesco worked at the University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale as a research assistant in the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering focusing on different projects such as telemetry of an electric kart, firmware development for embedded systems and configuration of cloud, storage and virtualization architectures. In 2017, he joined Vicomtech as a researcher, initially in the Data Intelligence for Energy and Industrial Processes department, and then in the Digital Security department where he works until now. Additionally, in 2021, Francesco worked as a visiting researcher at University College London (UCL), where he worked at the Systems Security Research Lab in the Department of Computer Science on Malware analysis. On the other hand, in 2022 he joined the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) as a visiting researcher in the Department of Digital and Biometric Traces working on iris recognition.
Xabier Echeberría studied Mathematics at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of the Basque Country (2012-2017). From January 2017 to July 2017, he completed his final degree project at the Department of Mathematics of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao on two-dimensional quadratic forms. From September 2017 to January 2019, he studied the Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Applications for the theoretical part of the Autonomous University of Madrid. During this Master’s degree, he completed the final master’s project at the Department of Mathematics of the Autonomous University of Madrid on the Drinfeld modules, comparing them at the same time with elliptic curves. Since March 2019, he has been a member of Vicomtech’s research staff as a research assistant in the Digital Security department, developing projects related to Machine Learning, studying possible attacks, defenses, and applications. Since January 2021, he stopped being a research assistant to work as a researcher in cybersecurity projects related to Machine Learning (like SPARTA and EGIDA) and in identity management and Blockchain projects (DEMETER, DIVINE). He has also led different research projects such as TRUSTIND and REMEDY.