European Control System Security Incident Analysis Network
Mission of ECOSSIAN:
The mission of ECOSSIAN is to improve the detection and management of highly sophisticated cyber security incidents of and attacks against critical infrastructures by implementing a pan-European early warning and situational awareness framework with command and control facilities.
The protection of Critical Infrastructure (CI) increasingly demands solutions which support incident detection and management at the levels of individual CI, across CIs which are depending on each other, and across borders. An approach is required which really integrates functionalities across all these levels. Cooperation of privately operated CIs and public bodies (governments and EU) is difficult but mandatory.
After more than 10 years of analysis and research on partial effects in CI Protection (CIP) and for individual infrastructure sectors, ECOSSIAN is a European attempt to develop this holistic system.
One goal is a prototype which facilitates preventive functions like threat monitoring, early indicator and real threat detection, alerting, support of threat mitigation and disaster management. The factors of societal perception and appreciation, the existing and required legal framework, questions of information security and implications on privacy will be analyzed, assessed and regarded in the concept.
The European economy and the welfare of its citizens require that the European CIs function properly. To address this issue ECOSSIAN project contributes to the
- European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP)
- Strategy and Action Plan developed by the European Commission
- Worldwide Initiatives on Cyber Security of Industrial Control Systems and Smart Grids followed by ENISA and Member States
ECOSSIAN will establish a working and exchange relation to the Security and Defence Agenda, who has already produced useful guidelines on how to improve Europe’s CIP.
The ECOSSIAN consortium consists of 19 partners from 9 differend countries. The consortium brings together all the relevant public administrations and agencies, representative stakeholders of concerned private sector organisations and academia. We are confident that, together, they address all the challenging goals within the ECOSSIAN project with this well balanced team of experts in the essential domains of Technology, Sociology, and Governance required. It is well balanced intellectually and geographically and also in terms of the mix of organisations involved. Deliberately multidisciplinary it also includes user and on-going commercial as well as academic interest, large organisations and SME, regulators and security representatives. The key aim is balance, complementarities, capability and seamless demonstration of its credibility and usefulness in real situations.