In recent years, we have witnessed an increase in the number and impact of cyber-attacks against industrial control networks. A successful attack might affect, or even endanger, daily human activities. Multiple and diverse countermeasures have been put in place to prevent Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks, but they failed, allowing the latest generation of APT.
The main goal of PREEMPTIVE is to provide an innovative solution for enhancing existing procedures and methods and conceiving tools to prevent against cyber-attacks, that target utility companies relying heavily on industrial networks and automated control systems.
PREEMPTIVE addresses, in particular, the prevention of cyber-attacks against hardware and software systems such as DCS, SCADA, PLC, networked electronic sensing, and monitoring and diagnostic systems used by the utilities networks. Moreover, the research aims to implement detection tools based on a dual approach comprising low direct detection (e.g. network traffic and system calls) and process misbehavior detection (e.g. automatic industrial processes to control water distribution).
PREEMPTIVE proposes to:
Utility companies will take advantage of PREEMPTIVE results to demonstrate compliance with high-level security requirements that originate from mandates, standards, and guidelines.