SOCCRATES and SAPPAN organise International Workshop on NG SOC in conjunction with ARES, August 25, 2020


Organisations in Europe face the difficult task of detecting and responding to increasing numbers of cyber-attacks and threats, given that their own ICT infrastructures are complex, constantly changing (e.g. by introduction of new technologies) and there is a shortage of qualified cybersecurity experts. There is a great need to drastically reduce the time to detect and respond to cyber-attacks. A key means for organizations to stay ahead of the threat is through the establishment of a Security Operations Center (SOC). The primary purpose of a SOC is to monitor, assess and defend the information assets of an enterprise, both on a technical and organizational level.

The aim of the NG-SOC 2020 workshop is to create a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss the challenges associated with SOC operations and focus on research contributions that can be applied to address these challenges. The workshop will draw on expertise from two EU-funded H2020 projects: SAPPAN ( and SOCCRATES ( Selected members of the projects’ consortia will present their research activities. The workshop will include a panel session to foster discussion on the major operational challenges that enterprises and SOC operators face and provide insights into promising research-based solutions

Poject Descriptions:

The workshop is jointly organized by two H2020 projects that are funded by the European Commission:

SAPPAN project ( aims to enable efficient protection of modern ICT infrastructures via advanced data acquisition, threat analysis, and privacy-aware sharing and distribution of threat intelligence aimed to dynamically support human operators in response and recovery actions. The SAPPAN project will develop a collaborative, federated, and scalable attack detection to support response activities and allow for timely responses to newly emerging threats supporting different privacy-levels. We plan to identify a standard for the interoperable and machine-readable description of incident response reports and recovery solutions. The risk assessment, privacy, and security will be addressed in the standard design. Results of both attack detection and recovery and response processes will be shared on a global level to achieve an advanced response and recovery via knowledge sharing and federated learning. We develop a mechanism for sharing information on threat intelligence, which implements a combination of encryption and anonymization to achieve GDPR compliance. Novel visualization techniques will be developed to assist security and IT personnel and provide an enhanced content of context of the response and recovery, and improved visual presentation of the process.

SOCCRATES project ( will develop and implement a new security platform for Security Operation Centres (SOCs) and Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), that will significantly improve an organisation’s capability to quickly and effectively detect and respond to new cyber threats and ongoing attacks. The SOCCRATES Platform consists of an orchestrating function and a set of innovative components for automated infrastructure modelling, attack detection, cyber threat intelligence utilization, threat trend prediction, and automated analysis using attack defence graphs and business impact modelling to aid human analysis and decision making on response actions, and enable the execution of defensive actions at machine-speed. The SOCCRATES Platform aims to enable organisations to improve the resilience of their infrastructures and increase productivity and efficiency at the SOC. The outcomes of the project will contribute to a more secure cyberspace and strengthen competitiveness in the EU digital single market.

Workshop Agenda (Tuesday, 25th of August 2020 | 9:00 – 17:45)

Time Talk Description  \ Duration [min]
Session 1 (Ewa Piatkowska) 90
09:00 09:05 Welcome Ewa Piatkowska 5
09:05 9:25 The SOCCRATES Project: Overview and Objectives Frank Fransen (TNO) 20
9:25 9:45 The SAPPAN Project: Overview and Objectives Avikarsha Mandal (Fraunhofer FIT) 20
9:45 10:30 Keynote: Semi-Automated Cyber Threat Intelligence (ACT) Martin Eian (Mnemonic) 45
10:30 11:00 Coffee break 30
Session 2 (Tomas Jirsik) 100
11:00 11:20 Monitoring Malicious Infrastructures to Produce Threat Intelligence Piotr Kijewski (Shadowserver) 20
11:20 11:40 Pipeline development for Automatically Generated Domain detection Irina Chiscop (TNO) 20
11:40 12:00 Leveraging Machine Learning for DGA Detection Arthur Drichel (RWTH Aachen University) 20
12:00 12:20 Knowledge Management and Anonymization Techniques in Cyber-Threat Intelligence Lasse Nitz, Mehdi Akbari Gurabi (Fraunhofer FIT) 20
12:20 12:40 Reputation Management Techniques for IP addresses, domains, and mail Mischa Obrecht (DreamLab) 20
12:40 13:45 Lunch break 65
Session 3 (Avikarsha Mandal) 80
13:45 14:05 Host and Application Behaviour Modelling Tomas Jirsik (Masaryk University) and Sebastian Schaefer (RWTH Aachen University) 20
14:05 14:25 L-ADS: Live Anomaly Detection System Alejandro Garcia Bedoya (ATOS) 20
14:25 14:45 Adversarial Examples against Intrusion Detection Systems Ewa Piatkowska (AIT) 20
14:45 15:05 Fast and Scalable Cybersecurity Data Processing Josef Niedermeier, Gabriela Aumayr (HPE) 20
15:05 15:30 Coffee break 25
Session 4 (Irina Chiscop) 80
15:30 15:50 Attack Analysis with Attack Defence Graphs Erik Ringdahl (Foreseeti) 20
15:50 16:10 Attack Graph-based Courses of Action for Defense Wojciech Widel (KTH) 20
16:10 16:30 Visual Analytics for Cyber Security Data Christoph Müller and Franziska Becker (University of Stuttgart) 20
16:30 16:50 Endpoint Protection Paolo Palumbo (FSecure) 20
16:50 17:05 Coffee break 15
Panel Session 45
17:05 17:35 Discussion on Future Challenges for SOC Speakers: Pavel Kacha (CESNET) Sarka Pekarova (DreamLab) Paul Smith (AIT) Panel chair: Tomas Jirsik (Masaryk University) 30
17:35 17:45 Wrap up Ewa Piatkowska (AIT) 10

Workshop Website

Venue and Registration

NG-SOC 2020 workshop is organised in conjunction with the ARES 2020 conference, which this year will be held all-digital. Registration for the workshop is required and costs 40€ (Regular Attendee) or 20€ (Student attendee). The registration fee includes the entrance to all ARES & CD-MAKE conference and workshop sessions. If you want to attend, please register at .

SAPPAN on Cyberwatching Project Hub is the European observatory of research and innovation in the field of cybersecurity and privacy and is funded under the EU H2020 program.

It aims to contribute to a safer digital marketplace by promoting and understanding of European cutting-edge cybersecurity and privacy services which emerge from research and innovation initiatives.

SAPPAN is promoted by project hub of Cyberwatching:

Social Media

In order to show presence on social media, a twitter account (link: has been created to provide public updates about the project progress of SAPPAN.

Enabling communication with other cybersecurity projects and increasing the visibility of SAPPAN to the domain experts and potential stakeholders is one of the goals of having social media accounts.