FORTIKA proposes a resilient overall cyber security solution that can be easily tailored and adjusted to the versatile and dynamically changing needs of small businesses and introduces a software-defined ecosystem in its Marketplace, providing a light mode solution, that will offer virtualized security services. To fulfil its vision the project adopts a security by design hybrid approach that adequately integrates hardware and software with business needs and behavioural patterns at individual and organisational level.
Who is the project designed for?
FORTIKA aims to:
- minimize the exposure of SMEs to cyber security risks and threats, and
- help them successfully respond to cyber security incidents, while relieving them from all unnecessary and costly efforts of identifying, acquiring and using the appropriate cyber security solutions.
FORTIKA ambition is to provide to SMEs a professional level of cyber-security through the introduction of a hardware-enabled middleware security layer as add-on to existing network gateways; orientate small business users to trusted cyber-security services packaged to tailored solutions for each enterprise and further extended to accommodate security intelligence and to encourage security friendly behavioural and organisational changes.
How is your project benefitting the end-user?
FORTIKA Cyber-security framework will be evaluated through five major types of SMEs and will be supported from 2 local SME/ICT clusters and 1 EU alliance.
From their perspective, SMEs may utilize a variety of services and share profiling information with the service providers in return for tailored security services aligned with their actual needs. The FORTIKA marketplace will also function as a single point of access for the profiling information for each SME.
Please briefly describe the results your project achieved so far
The FORTIKA project is currently in its first year. Implementing the main project components is underway, whereas some core procedures have been completed. During this period, Ethical Issues have been defined, while a Risk Assessment and Data Management Plan has been described. Furthermore, FORTIKA architecture as well as end-user, use-case and system requirements of the project have been defined. Functional and technical specifications of the components that comprise the FORTIKA system architecture have been described, defining the functional, development and deployment view of the system.
What are the next steps for your project?
The next step for the FORTIKA project is to provide the first component implementation for the real-life pilot execution. This will provide useful feedback for improving the overall deployment and refine the security algorithms that are adopted. Also, the FORTIKA ecosystem (marketplace) will be developed, as a platform service that enables sharing of FORTIKA services. The FORTIKA marketplace will enable service providers to specify complete services (the required software, hardware and resources), selling and advertising these through a secure and easy to use interface.