PROTECTIVE - Proactive Risk Management through Improved Cyber Situational Awareness

Date: 
01/09/2016 to 31/08/2019

Introduction

PROTECTIVE is a system for proactive risk management through improved situational awareness. The system is intended for National Research Education Network (NREN) Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) initially to understand, correlate, prioritize and share cyber threat intelligence for enhanced decision-making capabilities.

We aim to provide NRENs with improved security alert management capabilities, through uses of meta alerts, alerts that summarise a plethora of threats and incidents in order to understand the bigger picture of the threat landscape, provide better context awareness and enhance existing cyber threat intelligence sharing capabilities through automation while remaining General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant.

Who is the project designed for?

- Public Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), initially targeting NRENs.
- Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs).

The end-users are security operation centre operators and analysts that make decisions based on cyber threat intelligence and alerts generated internally.

How is your project benefitting the end-user?

Enhancing cyber threat intelligence sharing through:

  • Applying Correlation and Prioritization methods w.r.t. your own constituency.
  • Computational Trust, being able to score confidence about the data received.
  • Automation, by moving away from solely relying on email ticket systems to share cyber threat intelligence.
  • GDPR compliance through development of run-time monitoring.
  • MSSPs will be able to benefit CTI from NRENs in order to protect SMEs from the latest observed threats.

Please briefly describe the results your project achieved so far

We have created an early instance of the tool running, and are currently developing and enhancing its performance and usability.

What are the next steps for your project?

We are running two pilots to test the tool in live NREN environments in which we collect performance and usability data.

Week: 
Tuesday, 13 February, 2018

News

Call for experts for a group on liability and new technologies

The European Commission has launched a call for experts for a group on liability and new technologies. The deadline for application is 30 April 2018.

New technologies such as artificial intelligence, advanced robotics and the Internet of Things bring enormous opportunities in various fields (transport, healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing). At the same time they could raise challenges related to liability, which is why the Commission wants to initiate a discussion on the way forward.

The main tasks of the Expert Group will be:

Events

26/04/2018
Brussels - Concertation Meeting, 26/04/2018

The registration is open for the first Cyberwatching.eu Concertation meeting, Brussels, 26 April 2018.

08/05/2018
Free and Safe in Cyber Space conference

Free and Safe in Cyber Space conference aims at building a constructive dialogue and a critical mass of suitable actors around new dual-use cybersecurity standards and certifications and complaint open technologies and ecosystems.