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PREVENTIVE METHODOLOGY AND TOOLS TO PROTECT UTILITIES

Objective

In recent years, we have witnessed an increase in the number and impact of cyber attacks. A successful attack might affect, or even endanger, daily human activities. Multiple countermeasures have been put in place to prevent Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks, but they failed, allowing the latest generation of APT. The goal of PREEMPTIVE is to provide an innovative solution for enhancing existing methods and conceiving tools to prevent against cyber attacks, that target utility networks. PREEMPTIVE addresses the prevention of cyber attacks against hardware and software systems such as DCS, SCADA, PLC, networked electronic sensing, and monitoring and diagnostic systems used by the utilities networks. Moreover, the research aims to implement detection tools based on a dual approach comprising low direct detection and process misbehavior detection
PREEMPTIVE proposes to:
• Enhance existing methodological security and prevention frameworks with the aim of harmonizing Risk and Vulnerability Assessment methods, standard policies, procedures and applicable regulations or recommendations to prevent cyber attacks.
• Design and develop prevention and detection tools complaint to the dual approach that takes into account both the industrial process misbehavior analysis (physical domain) and the communication & software anomalies (cyber domain):
o Industrial process misbehavior detection tools.
o communication & software related threats prevention and detection tools.
• Define a taxonomy for classifying the utilities networks taking into account:
o The utility network type and communication technology used
o The utility network exposure to Cyber threats
o The impact to the citizens of services disruption caused by a cyber attack through the utility network.
• Define guidelines for improving Critical Infrastructure (CI) surveillance.
• Validate the PREEMPTIVE framework and innovative technologies in real scenarios with the support of the utility companies

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

VITROCISET SOCIETA PER AZIONI
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Via Tiburtina 1020
00156 Roma
Italy
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 685 968
Administrative Contact
Giorgio Sinibaldi (Mr.)

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 356 090,40
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sandro Etalle (Prof.)
FORESCOUT TECHNOLOGIES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 372 088
Address
John F Kennedylaan 2, 7E Verdieping
5612 AB Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Damiano Bolzoni (Dr.)
APLICACIONES EN INFORMATICA AVANZADA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 398 888
Address
Edificio Esadecreapolis Av.torre Blanca 57
08172 Sant Cugat Del Valles Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Regina Llopis (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 541 886,50
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
H W COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 251 430
Address
Greaves Road Parkfield
LA1 4TZ Lancaster
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Lund (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 175 388
Address
Via Ostiense 159
00154 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Cristina Pierazzi (Ms.)
EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR CYBER SECURITY COOPERATIEF UA
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 267 205,20
Address
Prinses Beatrixlaan 800
2595 BN Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rob Van Bekkum (Mr.)
THE ISRAEL ELECTRIC CORPORATION LIMITED
Israel
EU contribution
€ 184 035
Address
Ntiv Haor 1
31000 Haifa
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leonid Lev (Dr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 224 368
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karolien Mariën (Ms.)
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'ENERGIA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
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€ 230 331,14
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C/ Jardins De Les Dones De Negre 1
08930 Sant Adria De Besos
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Manel Sanmarti (Mr.)
HARNSER (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 143 338
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Thorpe Road 69-75
NR1 1UA Norwich
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephen Gregory (Mr.)