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REactively Defending against Advanced Cybersecurity Threats

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.
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Coordinator

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

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N Plastira Str 100
70013 Heraklion

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 477 500

Participants (5)

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STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 520 125

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 341 250

EURECOM

France

EU Contribution

€ 372 461,25

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 409 375

SYMANTEC (FRANCE)

France

EU Contribution

€ 605 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 786669

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2018

  • End date

    31 May 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.7.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 726 461,25

  • EU contribution

    € 2 726 461,25

Coordinated by:

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece