The Consortium

The Consortium

The consortium comprises 11 heterogeneous organizations (Public Bodies, Universities, IT Developers, R&D Institutes), coming from 6 different countries (Italy, UK, Israel, Estonia, Malta, Austria), which have been working jointly for the past 36 months, under formal coordination of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF).

In particular these are:

  1. Ministry of Economy and Finance, MEF, Italy
  2. Malta Information Technology Agency, MITA, Malta
  3. Sapienza Università di Roma, UNIROMA1, Italy
  4. PriceWaterhouseCoopers, PwC, Italy
  5. IBM Israel, IBM ISRAEL, Israel
  6. Zentrum für sichere Informationstechnologie, A-SIT, Austria
  7. Graz University of Technology, TU GRAZ, Austria
  8. University of Southampton, SOTON, UK
  9. Ministry of Finance, MFIN, Malta
  10. South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, SEROCU, UK
  11. Cybernetica, CYBER, Estonia

In other words the SUNFISH consortium is composed of:

  • 4 Public Bodies (MEF, MFIN, MITA, SEROCU)
  • 3 Academic Partners (UNIROMA1, TU GRAZ, SOTON)
  • 2 Industrial Partners (IBM ISRAEL, PWC)
  • 1 public-funded non-profit association (A-SIT)
  • 1 SME (CYBER)

The Consortium

The SUNFISH Consortium has a critical mass of academic scientists (from UNIROMA1, TU GRAZ and SOTON) and industrial researchers (from IBM ISRAEL, A-SIT and the from SME CYBER) to produce innovative ideas and prototypes, and a large enterprise (IBM ISRAEL) able to transform scientific results and prototypes into products by impacting standards, defining application use cases and assessing results. Participants from MEF, MFIN and SEROCU feed the project with use cases and information on regulatory frameworks, contributing to characterise the SUNFISH proposal as strongly user driven.

Finally, the heterogeneity of Partners forming the Consortium provide for the exploitation of both scientific and technological results of the project. In the following list the complementary expertise of Partners is summarized and demonstrates that the consortium has the complete knowledge necessary to reach the objectives of the SUNFISH project.

MEF, the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, and particularly its Department of General Administration, Personnel and Services (DAG), supports Public Entities by offering a variety of shared services. In particular, DAG supports Italy’s entire Public Administration by offering centralised Procurement Services and thanks to the provision of a payroll function –NoiPA – is currently serving over 2.1 million Public Sector employees and managing approximately €51 billion in payments annually. NoiPA is currently the largest payroll function in Europe and is rapidly increasing its user-base: in the coming years it will manage the entirety of Italy’s 3 million Public Sector employees. In addition, it manages IT systems for the entire Ministry as well as relationships with the Italy’s Digital Agency and other strategic partners in Europe. Due to its pivotal role in the Italian Public Sector, it has focused on the opportunities offered by cloud computing in order to integrate its services as well as its databases with those of its strategic partners including other Italian Public Entities.


MFINMFIN, the Maltese Ministry for Finance is the organisation primarily responsible for the Government’s income and expenditure. The Ministry works closely with MITA by providing the necessary funding and business process expertise to deliver e-services to the public within its Departments. This is evidenced by the fact that Malta ranks as one of the leaders in Europe in the provision of Government online services and the European Union consistently confirmed Malta’s high ICT ranking with a high e-readiness score. Particularly, the Inland Revenue Department has been one of the leading departments in terms of provision of online services and automation through the use of ICT, and through these services more than 70% of the individual taxpayers do not have the need to physically submit an annual tax return.


Senza-titolo-1Sapienza University of Rome is one among the oldest universities in Italy, and the largest in Europe. Sapienza represents one of the first Italian universities in the world in the fields of science and technology and has been recently ranked 29-th by The London Times. In particular, in the field of Computer Science, Sapienza was classified the first Italian University in the Microsoft Research Ranking (2010). The Cyber Intelligence of Information Security Research Center (CIS-UNIROMA1) is a multidisciplinary center for the development of new knowledge and operational methodologies, to support information harvesting from digital and physical environments and its transformation, through correlation processes, in enriched information that can be used, among other things, to prevent accidents that can cause damage to society. At the same time, such approach is focused on the development of new technologies for complex intelligent systems that can support society in everyday life. CIS-UNIROMA1Center is also author of the “Italian Cyber Security Report”, an annual publication that reports on the current status of Cyber Security for several financial and industrial fields of the Italian economic landscape. More than 40 professors from three faculties are part of CIS-UNIROMA1: Law, Economics and Engineering (Information Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics). The Center manages more than twenty projects in the fields of cyber security, Critical Infrastructure protection and complex systems. The results of this research are applied and evaluated in contexts borrowed from real world as cyberwarfare, detection of fraud and tax evasion, stock market stability, monitoring of critical activities, early warning systems and smart environments (domestic, industrial areas, cities, etc.).


ibmIBM is is the world’s largest IT research organisation, with more than 3,000 scientists and engineers working at 9 labs in 7 countries. Particularly, IBM Israel Science & Technology Limited – better known as IBM Research Haifa – has conducted decades of research that have proved vital to IBM’s success. The Data Protection and Privacy team at the Haifa Lab has been involved in the design and development of several of IBM’s solutions in the area of data masking and anonymization. They have an on-going relationship with the Infosphere brand of the IBM software group and the IBM Cloud offerings teams that will ensure appropriate exploitation of the project results. Since FP4, IBM Research Haifa has participated and led numerous EU-funded projects and is considered an Israeli leader in FP participation.


southamptonThe University of Southampton, is a research-led and world-class University, home of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security, which brings together research across a road academic spectrum. Research activity of the Centre concerns the foundations of mobile, distributed systems and aims at underpinning the development of robust and provably secure paradigms and protocols for ubiquitous and mobile computing.


rocuThe UK South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, is a collaboration of regional police units established as a regional organised crime unit, meant to provide relevant services to and on behalf of all Forces. The SEROCU Cyber Crime Unit (SCCU), is one of the units within the organisation with a responsibility to investigate cyber-dependant and cyber enabled crime occurring within its region, to develop intelligence in relation to cyber related threats and criminal activity and to support investigation / intelligence gathering at a national level in conjunction with the UK National Cyber Crime Unit and at an international level with other countries, especially with European partners. The SCCU needs to retain and store large volumes of data, both from businesses and members of the public. The data is both personally and commercially sensitive so needs to be stored securely.


mitaThe Maltese Information Technology Agency (MITA) is the central driver of Government’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) policy, programmes and initiatives in Malta. MITA’s role is to deliver and implement the assigned programmes as set out in the Digital Malta National ICT Strategy 2014 – 2020. The agency possesses 23-years hands-on experience in technology implementation and development in the ambit of public administration and public service reform. As a procurement agent MITA has considerable experience in the procurement of ICT hardware, infrastructure and related services, including through various outsourcing agreements. MITA has operational control of Government ICT infrastructure which joins up and supports all departments and agencies, and over which it runs various services such as database administration, application services, hosting environments.


cyberCyber, is an Estonian R&D intensive ICT SME that researches, develops and manufactures software solutions, and investigates and applies the theoretical and practical security solutions. Cybernetica has been involved in the deployment of Estonia’s nation-wide ID card with PKI support and the development of digital signature solutions. The company has developed timestamping systems and the Estonian Internet voting solution, deployed secure cross-database query systems, customs systems and border security systems. The information security research group supports all development in Cybernetica. Research goals are related to cryptography (including Public Key Infrastructure, time-stamping, secure multiparty computation), database security, language-based security and security analysis of programs and protocols.


iaiktuThe Graz University of Technology, and particularly its Institute for Applied Information Processing and Communications (IAIK), is specialized on IT security. Several aspects are covered, spanning from cryptography, formal verification and trusted computing to secure eGovernment solutions. A full professorship on Cloud and Information Security has been established recently. The main activities of the institute are research, academic teaching and consultation services for public bodies and companies.


a-sitThe Secure Information Technology Center – Austria (A-SIT) is a public-funded non-profit association, founded in May 1999. Its members are the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF), the Central Bank of the Republic of Austria (Oesterreichische Nationalbank, OeNB), the Federal Computing Centre of Austria (BRZ), and Graz University of Technology (TU Graz). A-SIT is a confirmation body under the Austrian Signature Law and notified as designated body under the European Signature Directive (1999/93/EC, art. 3(4)). Further formal duties are Competent Authority for certifying online collection systems for the European Citizen Initiative (EU Regulation 211/10, art. 6(4)), as well as security assessment of e-voting technical components and expert opinions for the Data Protection Commission. Thus, A-SIT has duties of a national IT security advisory agency, even though not organized as an agency, but as an association and it also carries out research and technology assessment. In doing so, ASIT has collected significant results and experience in the area of electronic signatures, eGovernment and identity management.


pcPwC is one of the world’s largest providers of assurance, tax, and business consulting services assisting governmental and non-governmental organizations and private companies in reaching their goals. It is a network of member firms located in 158 countries and 776 cities. PwC Advisory SpA, the Italian member firm of this network, supports clients with management consulting services and with deals-related advisory services such as governance optimization, strategy formulation and review, business model transformation, business planning and independence review, organizational alignment, change and talent management, support to strategy implementation, innovation, internationalization, and performance improvement. PwC, in addition to leading dissemination and exploitation activities, also supports the project Coordinator in carrying out administrative and project management tasks.