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Assystem creates a consortium to develop "Scissor", a European cybersecurity project

01 June 2015

Assystem has announced the creation of a European consortium to develop “Scissor”, the first European cybersecurity project for industrial systems. This project is part of the European Union Horizon 2020 programme, and has been allocated four million euros by the European Commission. Composed of eight partners (with Assystem as the project coordinator), Scissor aims to develop a portfolio of security solutions to protect industrial systems (SCADA systems or smart grids) from cyber-attacks.

The safety data collected in the system and its environment from probes, sensors and cameras are processed on a SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) platform. Due to this SIEM supervision, whose development will be 80% supported by Assystem, intrusions can be detected and alerts published about the imminent arrival of an incident.

The protection of industrial information systems is becoming a major issue for Member States and the operators that manage their vital resources, especially in the field of energy, transport, water and medical activities. "To provide Europe with a secure and reliable environment, the European Commission has allocated over €400 million to the development of innovative ICT solutions. We have selected the Scissor project presented by Assystem, mainly because of the international and multidisciplinary dimension of the solution, the integration of a real-world case for evaluation; and its contribution to the development of a critical more resilient infrastructure that is easier to understand and to manage by operators who are not specifically trained in security," said Nikolaos Kyroglou, project officer at the European Commission.

As the project coordinator, Assystem has built a consortium of eight players, some of the best European research, academia and innovative SME specialists. The Scissor project will be tested full-scale on an intelligent electricity grid (smart grid) installed by the company SEA on the Italian island of Favignana. Scissor will last three years.

For more information on the project and the partners, click here

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