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Hybrid Risk Management for Utility Networks

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.
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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)

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UNIVERSITAT PASSAU

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 678 168,80

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 531 556,80

ETRA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 484 637,50

AVANTUNE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 179 812,50

SUMINISTROS ESPECIALES ALGINETENSES COOP. V.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 131 603,20

LINZ AG FUR ENERGIE, TELEKOMMUNIKATION, VERKEHR UND KOMMUNALE DIENSTE

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 147 957,75

ALGINET DISTRIBUCION ENERGIA ELECTRICA SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 73 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 608090

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2014

  • End date

    30 September 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 641 873,73

  • EU contribution

    € 3 387 085

Coordinated by:

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria