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Hybrid Risk Management for Utility Networks

Objective

Risk management is a core duty in critical infrastructures as operated by utility providers. Despite the existence of numerous risk assessment tools to support the utility providers in estimating the nature and impact of possible incidents, risk management up till now is mostly a matter of best practice approaches. Risk management tools are mostly focused on one of two major topics:
- the utility network physical infrastructure, consisting of, e.g. gas, water pipes or power lines
- the utility’s control network including SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) networks and business and information systems.

In the context of utility providers, these network types exhibit a significant interaction, and therefore risk management methods that focus on just one of these network types might be insufficient – referred to as interconnected utility infrastructures in this description.
The main objective of this project is to identify and evaluate ‘Hybrid Risk Metrics’ for assessing and categorising security risks in interconnected utility infrastructure networks in order to provide foundations for novel protection and prevention mechanisms.

The project will provide utility network providers with a risk assessment tool that – in adherence with, e.g., the BSI or ICNC recommendations – supports qualitative risk assessment based on numerical (quantitative) techniques. For that matter, our method will explicitly account for the infrastructure’s two-fold nature in terms of the utility network and the control network alongside it. The expected impact is thus a movement away from best practice only, towards the treatment of risk in utility networks based on a sound and well-understood mathematical foundation. The project will take an explicit step towards considering security in the given context of utility networks, ultimately yielding a specially tailored solution that is optimal for the application at hand.

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 159 848,45
Administrative Contact
Felix Schröpfer (Mr.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITAT PASSAU
Germany
EU contribution
€ 678 168,80
Address
Innstrasse 41
94032 Passau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sabine Wiendl (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 531 556,80
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Barbara Hickson (Ms.)
ETRA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 484 637,50
Address
Calle Tres Forques 147
46014 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Marqués (Mr.)
AVANTUNE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 179 812,50
Address
Via Goito 58/A
00185 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberta Murgia (Dr.)
SUMINISTROS ESPECIALES ALGINETENSES S.COOP.V.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 131 603,20
Address
Poeta Juan Alegre 7
46230 Alginet - Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
José Vicente Ortuño (Mr.)
LINZ AG FUR ENERGIE, TELEKOMMUNIKATION, VERKEHR UND KOMMUNALE DIENSTE
Austria
EU contribution
€ 147 957,75
Address
Wiener Strasse 151
4021 Linz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karl Rossegger (Mr.)
ALGINET DISTRIBUCION ENERGIA ELECTRICA SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 73 500
Address
Poeta Juan Alegre 7
46230 Alginet
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alma Solar (Mrs.)