Note: if you wish to know more, please see the previous post on ECSCI rokshop HERE.

The SATIE project was presented at the 1st annual European Cluster for Security Critical Infrastructures (ECSCI) workshop on 24-25 June 2020 (see Figure 1) remotely through Google Meet. This cluster of H2020 projects is about securing critical infrastructure across Europe by bringing synergetic, emerging solutions to security issues through cross-collaborations and innovations. This first ECSCI workshop was an opportunity to present projects, including outcomes achieved thus far, to a public audience to discuss technical aspects of the projects and underlying technologies to ultimately exploit the results and progress for use across other markets worldwide.

Figure 1: Kelly Burke (NIS) presenting the SATIE project at ECSCI.

At the time of presentation, SATIE was half-way through completion, at month 14 out of 27. Therefore, some solid results were able to be presented, including that all the SATIE systems have been deployed on the Cyberrange platform (hosted by Airbus [ACS]) and all interconnections are up and running between systems. Figure 2 shows a partial view of how the SATIE systems are connected to each other on the platform.

Figure 2: A subset of the SATIE systems deployed and connected on the Cyberrange platform.

To demonstrate some of the power of the SATIE solution, one of the above-shown systems, the Simulation of impact propagation (made by Fraunhofer [FHG]), is able to show how one threat on one particular asset can potentially propagate through other (physically- or digitally-) connected assets, even transforming into other threats and therefore impact many assets within the organization. This kind of modelling, see Figure 3 can be crucial to better threat mitigation by understanding all potentially impacted assets before waiting for the threats to propagate through the system.

Figure 3: Threat propagation model showing how a threat to one asset can propagate to other assets and impact many within the organization.

The concept of the SATIE project was received very well at the workshop. Most of the audience were partners working on other H2020 critical infrastructure projects. Thus, this exchanging of ideas from the air transport industry to the financial sector and many others was a great opportunity to offer new insights which may be used in one field, but their potential not realized in other fields. It was a pleasure to participate and we hope that this synergy and cross-collaboration continues in order to push the boundaries of critical infrastructure security!

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

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