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SPARKS project Overview

Smart Grid Protection against Cyber Attacks
The smart grid initiative will transform the traditional power grid into an intelligent utility in order to improve its efficiency and resilience. As a result, it depends heavily on increased use of ICT systems and pervasive interconnectivity to realise its objectives. The significantly increased level of connectivity and use of ICT systems introduces a much heightened risk from cyber-attack. The SPARKS project will promote awareness of existing and emerging smart grid cyber-security risks to stakeholders, including energy network operators, industry and policy makers. Therefore, SPARKS will develop procedural and technical countermeasures, and provide cost assessments of the developed technologies via business cases. In addition, the project will investigate privacy issues related to smart grid development, especially in the areas related to customers like smart metering, taking into account existing legislation and providing guidance for future activities. SPARKS will provide a deeper understanding of the threats, vulnerabilities and economic consequences of cyber-attacks on smart grid infrastructure, raise awareness amongst industry leaders, present convincing information to stakeholders, lead the debate and draw through action to improve the cyber readiness of European network operators.

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MEDUSA project Overview

MultiordEr Dependency approaches for managing cascading effects in ports’ global sUpply chain and their integration in riSk Assessment frameworks
Despite the proliferation and advancement of risk assessment methodologies for Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs) most risk assessment frameworks do not adequately address the various cascading effects that are associated with security incidents occurring from interacting entities. This gap is very critical in the case of ports’ security, given that ports are CIIs characterized by significant interdependencies at multiple levels (infrastructural, national/intra-sectoral). The main goal of the MEDUSA project is to alleviate the above-mentioned gap, through introducing, specifying and validating multi-dependency approaches to risk assessment, while also using them in the scope of riks assessment frameworks for ports’ CIIs. MEDUSA will therefore open new horizons in the area of port security, through producing and sharing knowledge associated with the identification and assessment of cascading effects in the global ports’ supply chain, with a view to predicting potential problems but also to minimize the consequences of diverge security incidents.

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