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REactively Defending against Advanced Cybersecurity Threats

Objective

Security is a vital property for every operational system and network. As systems become more powerful and, in many aspects, more complex, advanced cyber-attacks impose new threats for important operations of our society. Computer systems assist core functions of hospitals, energy centers, logistics, and communications, to name a few, and compromising such systems may have severe consequences for everyone of us. Despite the evolution of computer systems, current security defenses-although they have been substantially improved in the last decade-seem not really enough to stop advanced cyber attacks. Systems still suffer from vulnerabilities, despite the many active or passive defenses in place that have been developed in the last decades.

We believe that the core of this problem is that cyber attackers are almost always one step ahead of the cyber security researchers and practitioners. Indeed, cyber attackers are the first to strike, and while researchers try to figure out what happened, attackers have all the time in the world to plan their next strike. In this project we advocate that we should change the rules of the cyber attackers’ game and challenge the asymmetry. Instead of following the cyber attackers, researchers should try to forecast where attackers will strike next and to use this information (i) to fortify potential targets to withstand the attack and (ii) to wire targets up with forensic hooks and make them “forensics ready”. To make all this possible at a reasonable performance cost, we propose selective fortification, a mechanism that combines traditional passive and active defense approaches into a new reactive mode of operation. We take advantage of our rich background in software hardening and instrumentation for immediate delivering effective patches by selectively armoring the vulnerable part of a program.

Call for proposal

H2020-DS-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-DS-SC7-2017

Coordinator

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Net EU contribution
€ 477 500,00
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Greece

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Ηράκλειο Κρήτη Νησιά Αιγαίου
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (6)

STICHTING VU
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 520 125,00
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

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West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Net EU contribution
€ 341 250,00
Address
Avenue Panepistimiou 2109 Aglantzi
1678 Nicosia

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Κύπρος Κύπρος Κύπρος
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EURECOM
France
Net EU contribution
€ 372 461,25
Address
Route Des Chappes 450 Campus Sophiatech
06410 Biot

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Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Alpes-Maritimes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 409 375,00
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Arnsberg Bochum, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NORTONLIFELOCK FRANCE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 545 175,00
Address
17 Avenue De L'arche
92671 Courbevoie

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Hauts-de-Seine
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

NORTONLIFELOCK IRELAND LIMITED
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 60 575,00
Address
Barrow Street South Bank House 6th Floor
D04TR29 Dublin

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Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00