Examples of Assignments

European Office

  • BODEGA (H2020 Security — 2015/2018)

    CEIS is a partner of the BODEGA project, co-funded by the European Commission as part of the H2020 programme. BODEGA aims to study and model human factors in border control. BODEGA will provide solutions intended to improve the key tasks performed by border guards as well as decision-making in the management of border control. These solutions will benefit all BODEGA end users, from the authorities in charge of  managing borders to the travellers crossing them.

    BODEGA is coordinated by VTT (the main Finnish research centre) and brings together a consortium of 15 organisations from 7 EU Member States: CEA, the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thales, the International Union of Railways (UIC), CEIS, the University of Namur, Atos, Z&P, Ubium, Happywise and end users — border guards in Greece, Finland (RAJA) and Italy (ADM).

    CEIS’s main role in the BODEGA project is to establish and maintain a relationship with the community of end users, i.e. the national, European and international authorities involved in the management of EU borders, and to contribute to the analysis of human factors in the management of borders.

  • PREDICT (FP7 Security — 2014/2016)

    The PREDICT project aims to provide a solution to the challenges posed by cascade effects in the context of multi-industry crises, particularly in the field of critical infrastructures. The project is based on the following three pillars: methodologies, models and software tools. Their combined use will increase crisis management organisations’ knowledge and understanding of cascade effects, improve their level of preparation and strengthen their ability to respond in the face of domino effects.

    The PREDICT consortium brings together national research centres (CEA, Fraunhofer, TNO and VTT), SMEs (CEIS and ITTI), manufacturers (Thales and Thales Netherlands) and end users (VRZHZ, SYKE and UIC).

    The quality of the solutions developed will be ensured by heavy involvement of end users throughout the project. These end users will be involved at three levels: as project partners, as members of the project’s advisory board and through their participation in a series of workshops.

    Within PREDICT, CEIS is responsible for two work packages. On the one hand, CEIS manages the participation of third-party end users in the project; on the other hand, it is in charge of dissemination and use of the project’s results.

  • TETRIS (DG HOME — 2014/2016)

    CEIS is coordinator of the Terrorists in Europe Targeting Railway Infrastructures (TETRIS) project. TETRIS aims to better understand the nature of the terrorist threat targeting railway infrastructures. This European project will include organising a crisis management exercise that simulates a terrorist attack. The objective is to support the training of players involved in managing the consequences of these attacks and offer innovative tools to analyse this threat.

    TETRIS brings together within a single consortium:

    TETRIS is a continuation of CRIME and SAFIRE, projects previously carried out by CEIS in the field of violent radicalisation and terrorism. This project was co-funded by the DG HOME of the European Commission as part of the CIPS programme.

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  • RECOBIA (FP7 Security — 2012/2015)

    CEIS is coordinator of RECOBIA, an FP7 Security project. The goal of the RECOBIA project is to improve the quality of analysis in the field of intelligence by working to reduce the impact of cognitive biases in the work of analysts.

    RECOBIA brings together within a single consortium companies working on analysis of intelligence and information technologies (CEIS, Thales, Hawk, Atos and Zanasi S.r.l.), research centres (CEA, Universität Konstanz and Graz University of Technology) and psychologists (ISEA Psy) specialising in cognitive biases.

    The EUROSINT Forum, the pan-European association of intelligence and open-source intelligence (OSINT) professionals, is also a project partner; its role is to facilitate the heavy involvement of the community of intelligence professionals in the RECOBIA project.  To date, around 20 agencies in Europe have expressed interest in participating in this project.

    In addition to its participation in scientific research, as coordinator of the RECOBIA project, CEIS is also responsible for directing the project on a day-to-day basis and managing the relationships between the different partners.

    www.recobia.eu

  • EUROCYBEX (CIPS Project — DG HOME — 2011/2012)

    EUROCYBEX was a European cyber crisis exercise involving several EU Member States. The project was coordinated by CEIS and carried out with the support of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). It was co-funded by the DG HOME of the European Commission as part of the CIPS programme. EUROCYBEX was fully incorporated into the European programme of cyber crisis exercises and built on the results of the Cyber Europe 2010 exercise. The project aimed to improve and test procedures for cooperation in the face of cyber crises at the European level.

    To access the final public report for the EUROCYBEX project, click here

Studies & Strategic Support

  • Support of an authority in converting an airport facility

  • Analysis of the off-shore wind energy industry in a European country

  • Strategic support of a company in developing an activity in the field of cybersecurity

  • Study on the use of drones for a vital infrastructure operator

Business Intelligence

  • Due diligence & integrity check in the take-over of a sport club

    CEIS was commissioned as part of the take-over of a professional sport club to ensure the prospective foreign investor’s effective cash flow and source of funds. The investigations conducted and information collected assured the club’s management that the take-over would be sustainable and fit into a long-term approach.

  • Validation of financial partners to create a joint venture

    Before creating a joint venture in an Eastern European country, a French manufacturer wished to investigate the integrity of the managers of the future partner with which it would be locally associated. The information collected and CEIS’s recommendations allowed the client to reduce its risk of media and legal exposure and develop serenely.

  • Pre-litigation investigations as part of a case of unfair competition & intellectual property theft

    A manager of a French SME suspected certain former employees of unfair competition. Before pursuing any legal action, CEIS added to the case file factual and convincing elements demonstrating the offending individuals’ slavish copying and unfair behaviour. This evidence fed into the client’s legal strategy and led to a decision in ex parte proceedings.

  • Support of a defence manufacturer in establishing itself in the Balkans

    With its mastery of complex environments and defence expertise, CEIS accelerated the establishment of a manufacturer in the industry in the Balkans. The international team carried out various actions, including:

    • Identifying official and unofficial decision circuits
    • Managing relationships with the public authorities
    • Developing the business network in contact with local decision-makers
    • Negotiating and securing preferred terms for establishment
  • Structuring of a French commercial offer for the awarding of a contract in Mauritania

    CEIS supported a French manufacturer in its strategy for development in Mauritania, particularly in its strategy for commercial alliance. The entire assignment will have consisted of:

    • Developing the client’s reputation with local decision-makers
    • Identifying the best local partner and ensuring its credibility
    • Negotiating and implementing a strategy for commercial alliance
    • Securing the deployment of physical and human resources

Cyber Risk Management

  • Cyber threat intelligence assignment for a parastatal organisation

  • Support in securing important commercial negotiations

    To secure commercial negotiations in important financial and media issues in the field of sport, CEIS was commissioned to design and establish:

    • A secure physical environment
    • A counter-surveillance system
    • A system of secure liaisons
  • Support of an overhaul of a secure IS

    CEIS supported a large-enterprise client in a complete overhaul of its information system. Specifically, we:

    • Performed ISS auditing
    • Performed penetration testing
    • Defined an ISSP
    • Raised awareness among top management
    • Established the secure architecture of the future IS
  • Organisation of a cyber crisis exercise at the European level

    EUROCYBEX, a European cyber crisis exercise involving several EU Member States, was a project coordinated by CEIS and carried out with the support of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). It was co-funded by the DG HOME of the European Commission as part of the CIPS programme. EUROCYBEX was fully incorporated into the European programme of cyber crisis exercises and built on the results of the Cyber Europe 2010 exercise. The project aimed to improve and test procedures for cooperation in the face of cyber crises at the European level.

Innovation Management

  • Facilitation of a technology research programme and establishment of new start-ups for a regional authority

  • Participation in a European R&D project (Horizon 2020)

    BODEGA Project (H2020 Security — 2015/2018)

    CEIS is a partner of the BODEGA project, co-funded by the European Commission as part of the H2020 programme. BODEGA aims to study and model human factors in border control. BODEGA will provide solutions intended to improve the key tasks performed by border guards as well as decision-making in the management of border control. These solutions will benefit all BODEGA end users, from the authorities in charge of  managing borders to the travellers crossing them.

    BODEGA is coordinated by VTT (the main Finnish research centre) and brings together a consortium of 15 organisations from 7 EU Member States: CEA, the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thales, the International Union of Railways (UIC), CEIS, the University of Namur, Atos, Z&P, Ubium, Happywise and end users — border guards in Greece, Finland (RAJA) and Italy (ADM).

    CEIS’s main role in the BODEGA project is to establish and maintain a relationship with the community of end users, i.e. the national, European and international authorities involved in the management of EU borders, and to contribute to the analysis of human factors in the management of borders.

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  • Facilitation of FoCuS, a physical showroom and organisation to accelerate French cybersecurity SMEs & and start-ups

    Within the “Cybersecurity” framework for action of the New Industrial France programme coordinated by the ANSSI, CEIS is establishing a system to accelerate the business of the French digital security industry: FoCuS.

    The system centres on a physical place, located in Paris, which will continuously present solutions from partners through an educational process based on the cybersecurity value chain, as well as dynamic discussion sessions and demonstrations. This facility will be available to members to satisfy their own needs in terms of work, representation and meetings in Paris. FoCuS will also feature a space for consulting and support. Members will have access to a panel of independent experts with experience in the fields of French business and export, marketing/communication and fundraising.

  • Facilitation of the SIA Lab for the Sopra Steria group, integration architect of the Armed Forces Information System (SIA) programme, and of its end client the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA)

    The SIA Lab is a centre for reflection on innovation and a space for demonstration in the field of information and communication systems (ICS) and digital transformation.

    Located in Paris, beside the new Ministry at Balard, the SIA Lab aims to detect, test and demonstrate technological components off the shelf or likely to be provided to the French Ministry of Defence by innovative SMEs/SMIs and manufacturers. A co-innovation initiative between high-tech French SMEs, the French Armed Forces and the DGA, the SIA Lab is implemented and facilitated for the French Ministry of Defence by CEIS and the Sopra Steria group.

    www.sia-lab.fr

Influence Strategy

  • Institutional & administrative support of a European investor

    CEIS supported a British group in acquiring a base sold by the French Ministry of Defence as part of a sale of properties by the State. CEIS was tasked with:

    • Continuous strategic consulting with the CEO
    • Official representation of the group’s interests with the national and local public authorities
    • Administrative monitoring of the case file with the State departments
    • Coordination of providers and completion of the project
  • Consulting & support in public affairs

    CEIS manages all parliamentary and institutional relationships in France for companies in the energy industry and regulated professions. Our assignments include:

    • Parliamentary & governmental monitoring
    • Drafting of arguments and language
    • Preparation & implementation of counter-attack strategies to protect the companies’ interests
    • Institutional, political and economic crisis management
  • Consulting in institutional communication & influence communication

    CEIS supports manufacturing groups in the transport, digital affairs and e-commerce industries to prepare and execute their strategies for institutional & influence communication. Our assignments include:

    • Strategic consulting with managers
    • Mapping of key decision-makers and monitoring of positions
    • Representation of the interests of the group
    • Detection & anticipation of opportunities related to calls for tenders
  • Organisation of an annual meeting for the top leaders of global companies in strategic materials

    Each year, this event brings together, at the request of the Chief Executive Officer of a large international group, close to 50 major names in the world economy with the presence of their respective CEOs on issues linked to strategic materials. CEIS coordinates public and institutional communication for this high-level event as well as media coverage within France   in other countries.

Regional Development

  • Studies in operational strategy & consulting in the field of economic development

    CEIS helped a medium-sized conurbation prepare its strategy for development and economic promotion. CEIS:

    • Made a dynamic diagnosis of the economic situation
    • Prepared a 20-year roadmap
    • Identified tools for economic development
    • Performed an impact assessment by establishing strategic maps and dashboards

    As a result of this work, an economic development strategy was drafted and approved by the conurbation’s bureau. This conurbation again turned to CEIS for support in implementing the actions of the economic development strategy, to ensure:

    • Regional facilitation and strategic and competitive intelligence assignments
    • Engineering and support of economic and tourism development projects
  • Assignment to support the creation of the organisation to facilitate the smart specialisation strategy (S3)

    CEIS supports several Regional Councils in the preparation phase of drafting their smart specialisation to identify the fields of activity most likely to galvanise innovation in their region.  Specifically, we have:

    • Conducted a literature analysis and review (state of the art, benchmarking, economic study and forecasting)
    • Organised working meetings and interviews with regional players
    • Facilitated and given feedback on themed workshops concerning the fields of strategic activities selected
    • Defined the governance of the projects to be established through institutional seminars & working meetings
  • Project management support (PMS) in the execution of the plan for economic development, innovation and metropolitan influence

    Toulouse Métropole turned to CEIS for support in carrying out its plan for economic development, innovation and influence to boost and accelerate its attractiveness both within and outside of France. Our Local Public Sector team helped:

    • Create a project team possessing complementary types of expertise combining the functions of operational regional marketing, property strategy, project detection and identification of promising industries
    • Organise seminars, workshops and consultations with local managers & decision-makers with a view to co-designing the axes for development of the metropolis
    • Coordinate the roadmap established and develop large projects
    • Organise a meeting for feedback on the overall plan for development, innovation and influence with close to 300 economic decision-makers