The ATENA consortium brings together thirteen European partners from eight countries that span the gamut of essential services expertise, including CI (Critical Infrastructure) operators (IEC from Israel, CREOS from Luxembourg and SWDE from Belgium), industrial partners, research centres and SMEs.
The partners share expertise in network security, Automation Control System (IACS) security, digital modelling and real-time software development to improve the efficiency and resilience of modern critical infrastructure against a wide range of cyber and physical threats, which in addition to malicious attacks include unexpected faults that may affect the efficiency or the correct behaviour of industrial and IACS, corporate networks or simple ICT devices.
Who is the project designed for?
ATENA is developing a Software Defined Security paradigm combining new anomaly detection algorithms and risk assessment methodologies within a distributed environment, and will provide a suite of integrated ICT networked components and advanced tools embedding innovative algorithms for both correct static CI configuration and fast dynamic CI reaction in presence of adverse events.
Design and development of ATENA platform is driven by the security needs of energy and water domains but could be extended to any type of essential services which require real time warning and reactive systems to protect their infrastructure. Professional end users will validate project results by applying ATENA tools in real-life business-oriented use cases for electricity, gas, water distribution.
How is your project benefitting the end-user?
The “prevent-detect-react” approach against adverse events is enhanced and supported by:
Moreover, the ATENA platform is designed to continuously suggest actions on OT and ICT networks, but executes actions under the operators’ supervision : installation of the ATENA platform leaves unchanged the OT network and integrates seamlessly to existing ICT network, preserving existing CI investments.
Please briefly describe the results your project achieved so far
The first period of the project allowed to establish the scientific and technical basis to reach the main objective of the project :
Today, the consortium has the main modules of the entire detection-analysis-reaction system and started the integration of the module in the overall architecture.
What are the next steps for your project?
The next step of the project can be summarised in three words: integration, validation and demonstrations: