This is another post in a series of articles about the SATIE project work-packages (WPs). The idea is to present the reader with more information on the work planned in the project and how planned activities will help to achieve the project goals. This post is about WP6, while future posts will discuss other project WPs.

Objectives of WP6

WP6 is devoted to system integration and testing, as well as to deploy and validate SATIE results in three demonstrations at three different airports, namely in Athens, Milan and Zagreb.

With WP6, two main goals will be achieved: To carry out operational demonstrations at TRL7 in real conditions at three different international airports (Athens, Milan and Zagreb) and to provide efficient and cost effective solutions for airport security.

Figure 1: Milan, Zagreb and Athens airport (from left to right)

Work Plan

To achieve these objectives, five realistic threat scenarios built in WP2 are refined and finalized for the validation and demonstration activities.

Furthermore, SATIE aims at integrating existing or improved security solutions in a global system-of-systems, so called SATIE security framework. Interoperability between these security systems and performance of the integrated system-of-systems can only be tested, measured and improved on a realistic simulation platform. Therefore, the implementation of a near-real environment embedding ICS and SCADA systems and digital airport services is both an essential achievement and an inevitable step towards the three project demonstrations in operational conditions. Especially the integration of security solutions on critical IT and OT systems requires performing tests and validations in advance in order to provide relevant proofs to the infrastructure owners and to comply with prevailing recommendations and regulations at local, national and European levels. SATIE will perform these tests and validations on a virtual platform in order to replicate the airport environments including network architectures, IT/OT assets and software.

In three dedicated tasks, three demonstrations at three different airports will afterwards be used to validate technical developments against the functional and technical requirements and to evaluate the SATIE solution against the operational requirements for protecting airport critical infrastructures.

The evaluation of validation questionnaires and observations during the demonstrations will contribute to build a more resilient infrastructure with regard to physical and cyber threats or combinations of them. SATIE will therefore provide the basement for enhancements and improvements in specific critical infrastructures.

Note: This output reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 832969.

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