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DESEREC - DEPENDABLE SECURITY BY ENHANCED RECONFIGURABILITY

Duration:
49 months (2006 - 2009)
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Project type:
UE-funded research - VI PQ - IST
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Abstract

Most of European critical activities rely on networked Communication and Information Systems (CIS), highly interconnected. CIS performance could be jeopardized by incidents of various kinds. A multi-disciplinary approach is compulsory to leverage their dependability by an alliance of three approaches: -Modeling and simulation: DESEREC devises and develops innovative approaches and tools to design, model, simulate, and plan critical infrastructures to dramatically improve their resilience. -Detection: DESEREC integrates various detection mechanisms to ensure fast detection of severe incidents but also to detect complex ones, based on a combination of seemingly unrelated events, or on an abnormal behaviour. -Response: DESEREC provides a framework for computer-aided counter-measures initiatives to respond in a quick and appropriate way to a large range of incidents to mitigate the threats to the dependability and rapidly thwarts the problem. CIS Re-configuration is the utmost mechanism for their survivability. DESEREC will respond efficiently to the three families of incidents which can occurs on a critical system: Attacks from the outside, Intrinsic failures and Misbehavior or malicious internal use. As incidents act with different time scales and impact levels, DESEREC includes three response loops working on 3 different answering times to provide a suited answer: -A few seconds to locally respond to a severe and well-characterized incident and to launch emergency curative procedure to avoid escalation process or dramatic damage. -Some minutes to detect very complex problem and to readjust the system (i.e. through computer aided reactions) -Some hours to build a new configuration optimized to resist to a new situation and validated through modeling and simulation DESEREC approach, framework, and tools apply to critical communication and information systems in order to improve their resilience and their dependability.

People involved

Partners

  • THALES COMMUNICATIONS S.A.