The specific objective is to foster secure European societies in the context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependencies and threats.
There is a widespread perception of insecurity, whether due to crime, violence, terrorism, natural/man-made disasters, cyber attacks, privacy abuses or other forms of social and economic disorder. This affects citizens directly and has a wider impact on notions of trust, care and communication, and links to society's level of preparation and organisation.
Citizens, firms and institutions are increasingly involved in digital interactions and transactions in social, financial and commercial areas of life. This development has led to cybercrime worth billions of Euros each year and to breaches of privacy affecting individuals or associations Europe-wide. Changes in the nature and perception of insecurity in everyday life, and the unexpected situations is likely to affect citizens' trust not only in institutions but also in each other.
In order to anticipate, prevent and manage the threats Europe is facing (crime, violence, terrorism, natural/man-made disasters, cyber attacks, etc.), it is necessary to develop and apply innovative solutions, as well as to improve the competitiveness of the related European industries, while ensuring European citizens' individual rights and freedom.
As security policies should interact with different social policies, enhancing the societal dimension of security research will be an important aspect of this challenge.