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SPEAR: Secure and PrivatE smArt gRid

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Enhancing Smart Grid security against cyber threats

Cyberattacks are sophisticated, targeted, and multi-faceted threats. As society becomes increasingly dependent on critical infrastructures, such as the Smart Grid, the need for advanced technologies to detect and respond to these attacks is crucial. The Smart Grid, hailed as the next-generation power system offering self-healing capabilities and efficiency, is particularly vulnerable. The collapse of an energy production utility due to a cyberattack not only jeopardises human lives but also results in substantial financial losses, energy deprivation, and prolonged recovery periods. In this context, the EU-funded SPEAR project aims to revolutionise the detection and response capabilities against cyberattacks. By leveraging new technologies and advanced forensics, it seeks to detect threats and anomalies in real-time.


Over the last decade, cyber-attacks have become increasingly sophisticated, stealthy, targeted and multi-faceted which may leverage zero-day exploits and highly creative interdisciplinary attack methods. As our society is becoming increasingly dependent on Critical INfrastructures (CIN), new technologies are needed to increase our detection and response capabilities. Detecting and responding to such attacks by a highly motivated, skilled and well-funded attacker has however been proven highly challenging. One of the most vulnerable and high-impact CIN is the Smart Grid. Smart Grid is considered as the next-generation power system, which promises self-healing, resilience, sustainability and efficiency to the energy Critical Infrastructures (CIN). However, securing smart grids against cyber-attacks is of vital importance for National Security and Public Safety, since the collapse of an energy production utility may cause human lives, millions of euros, denial of a very important and common good such as energy and days or even months of recovering. To this end, the SPEAR proposal aims at a) detecting and responding to cyber-attacks using new technologies and capabilities, b) detecting threat and anomalies timely, c) developing all-in-one security detection solutions, d) leveraging advanced forensics subject to privacy-preserving, e) confronting Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) and targeted attacks in smart grids, f) increasing the resilience of the smart grid innovation, g) alleviating the lack of trust in smart grid operators and h) empowering EU-wide consensus. Within SPEAR, four proof-of-concept Use Cases are planned in order to validate and assess the implemented security and privacy tools.

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Net EU contribution
€ 375 227,56
501 00 KOZANI

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Βόρεια Ελλάδα Δυτική Μακεδονία Γρεβενά
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 375 227,56

Participants (19)