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RESIlience enhancement and risk control platform for communication infraSTructure Operators

Bruno Saccomanno

01 May 2018

30 April 2021

EC funded project
RESISTO, (RESIlience enhancement and risk control platform for communication infraSTructure Operators), is project funded by the European Commission under the H2020 project. RESISTO is an innovative solution for Communication Infrastructure providing holistic (cyber/physical) situation awareness and enhanced resilience. RESISTO will help Communications Infrastructures Operators to take the best countermeasures and reactive actions exploiting the combined use of risk and resilience preparatory analyses, detection and reaction technologies, applications and processes in the physical and cyber domains.

Communications play a fundamental role in the economic and social well-being of the citizens and on operations of most of the CIs. Thus they are a primary target for criminals having a multiplier effect on the power of attacks and providing enormous resonance and gains. Also extreme weather events and natural disasters represents a challenge due to their increase in frequency and intensity requiring smarter resilience of the Communication CIs, which are extremely vulnerable due to the ever-increasing complexity of the architecture also in light of the evolution towards 5G, the extensive use of programmable platforms and exponential growth of connected devices. The fact that most enterprises still manage physical and cyber security independently represents a further challenge.

RESISTO platform is an innovative solution for Communication CIs holistic situation awareness and enhanced resilience (aligned with ECSO objectives). Based on an Integrated Risk and Resilience analysis management and improvement process availing all resilience cycle phases (prepare, prevent, detect, absorb, etc.) and technical resilience capabilities (sense, model, infer, act, adopt). RESISTO implements an innovative Decision Support System to protect communication infrastructures from combined cyber-physical threats exploiting the Software Defined Security model on a suite of state of the art cyber/physical security components (Blockchain, Machine Learning, IoT security, Airborne threat detection, holistic audio-video analytics) and services (Responsible Disclosure Framework) for detection and reaction in presence of attacks or natural disasters.

Through RESISTO, Communications Operators will be able to implement a set of mitigation actions and countermeasures that significantly reduce the impact of negative events in terms of performance losses, social consequences, and cascading effects in particular by bouncing efficiently back to original and forward to operational states of operation.

The RESISTO project will foster the following key innovation areas:

1. Enlarged Threat Landscape considered (Cyber/Phy/ Cyber+Phy)

2. Holistic approach to System Modelling

3. Integrated Risk and Resilience management

4. Convergence of PSIM and Cyber Protection technology

5. Perspective: new challenges posed by 5G evolution (IoT/IoE, LPWAN)

6. New Technology for detection/protection/response (blockchain, drones, machine learning algorithms, software defined security)

7. Cyber Intelligence


Objective #1

Help managers of Communication CIs to guarantee improved business and asset continuity, delivering an innovative platform for optimized decision support in the face of physical, cyber and combined cyber-physical

Objective #2

Develop an Integrated Risk and Resilience analysis and management tool, that takes account of cyber and/or physical threats and disruptions jointly at the level of telecommunication service functions and performance functions

Objective #3

Provide, experiment and assess a suite of innovative cyber/physical security solutions for prevention, protection, detection and reaction that can deliver unprecedented cost-effective performances in a holistic technology framework

Objective #4

Support a progressive adoption path for the RESISTO platform and services through extensive validation in relevant use cases for Communication Infrastructure protection (TRL 7) directly involving relevant Communication CI operators, arising awareness and promoting a joint approach to resilience

Objective #5

Contribute to the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection and to the objectives of the Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union (as well as convergence of of safety and security standards and Directive 2009/140 EC regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services)


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