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Cyber-kinetic attacks using Artificial Intelligence

Objective

The interconnection between Information Technologies and Operational Technologies is underway, with many impacts on the related cybersecurity of various application domains. For a long time, we have known that attacks or malfunctions in the cyber world can have critical impacts on the physical world, especially in critical infrastructures. Conversely, intentional perturbations of physical systems, through e.g. attacks on sensor measurements, can have disastrous consequences on digital control mechanisms, and thus on physical processes. In this interconnected cyber-physical world, the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) opens the door to various new kinds of attacks, and also offers numerous defence capabilities. In the KINAITICS project, we aim at exploring the new attack opportunities offered by the introduction of AI-based control and perceptive systems, as well as those offered by combination of behavioural understanding of physical systems and cyber-attacks. On the defence side, we aim at offering an innovative spectrum of tools and methodologies, to combine behavioural monitoring and classical cybersecurity tools to protects against these new threats. Importantly, we also target innovative methodologies, which incorporate human factors and their uncertainties in the tools. This last point raises crucial challenges on trustworthy approaches, explanations provided, and how to deal with uncertainties in response decisions. The project will also thoroughly assess the regulation of big data uses and provide guidelines for EU policy actions and cybersecurity experts’ responsible development, thanks to the implication of researchers specialised in legal and ethical aspects of ICT innovation. Our research will strive to counter AI attacks. The seven tools produced during the course of the project, as well as the cyber-defence platform, will significantly improve systems robustness, resilience and response, and will help Europe save 3-4 billion€ yearly by 2030.

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Net EU contribution
€ 902 006,25
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
France

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 902 006,25

Participants (6)

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 689 375,00
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki

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Θεσσαλονίκη Κεντρική Μακεδονία Βόρεια Ελλάδα
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 689 375,00
FUNDACION CENTRO DE TECNOLOGIAS DE INTERACCION VISUAL Y COMUNICACIONES VICOMTECH
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 413 250,00
Address
Paseo Mikeletegi Parque Tecnologico De Miramon 57
20009 Donostia San Sebastian

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Gipuzkoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 413 250,00
ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 602 500,00
Address
Piazzale Dell'agricoltura 24
00144 Roma

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 602 500,00
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 683 500,00
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 683 500,00
FONDAZIONE TOSCANA GABRIELE MONASTERIO PER LA RICERCA MEDICA E DI SANITA PUBBLICA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 365 842,50
Address
Via Trieste 41
56126 Pisa

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Region
Centro (IT) Toscana Pisa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 365 842,50
PLURIBUS ONE SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 374 250,00
Address
Via Vincenzo Bellini 9
09128 Cagliari

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Isole Sardegna Cagliari
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 374 250,00