Disruptive Cybersecurity for Cyber-physical Society
At Exalens, we have deep roots in research and innovation in AI-driven security solutions for networks and cyber-physical systems. Over the past five years, we have participated in over 15 international research projects, tackling complex security challenges across a wide range of emerging and digitally transforming industries (from Industry 4.0, 5G, Automotive to Maritime and Defence), all in support of our mission to enhance operational resilience and safety for the emerging equip cyber-physical society.
ROBORDER develops a fully-functional autonomous border surveillance system with unmanned mobile robots including aerial, water surface, underwater and ground vehicles, capable of functioning both as standalone and in swarms, which will incorporate multimodal sensors as part of an interoperable network. In ROBORDER, CyberLens leads the detection and classification techniques for recognising cyber and cyber-physical attacks and participates in identification and tracking of illegal communications.
In addition, it is involved in the system integration activities, the prototype demonstration and evaluation as well as the dissemination activities of the project.
5G ESSENCE addresses the paradigms of Edge Cloud computing and Small Cell as a Service to provide a highly flexible and scalable platform, able to support new business models and revenue streams by creating a neutral host market and reducing operational costs by providing new opportunities for ownership, deployment, operation and amortisation. Based on its expertise and its proprietary software, CyberLens contributes to the technical requirements elicitation by defining and specifying the security requirements of the 5G-ESSENCE infrastructure.
It will also create a database of the most likely threats and attacks with respect to confidentiality, privacy, integrity and availability of the 5G-ESSENCE platform. Furthermore, CyberLens will assess the performance and security threats of the two-tier cloud deployments and contribute to the dissemination and communication activities of the project.
5G-CARMEN addresses these challenges harnessing the concept of “Mobility Corridors”. In 5G-CARMEN important European industries, academics and innovative SMEs commit to achieve world-wide impact by conducting extensive trials across an important (by people/goods traffic volumes) corridor, from Bologna to Munich, spanning 600 Km of roads, connecting three European regions (Bavaria, Tirol and Trentino/South-Tyrol) across three countries.
Cyberlens will be the main responsible for the design and development and integration of privacy, security, and data protection mechanisms that are necessary for delivering CCAM services in cross-border situations.
CUREX addresses comprehensively the protection of the confidentiality and integrity of health data by producing a novel, flexible and scalable situational awareness-oriented platform. It allows a healthcare provider to assess the realistic cybersecurity and privacy risks they are exposed to and suggest mathematically optimal strategies for addressing these risks with safeguards tailored specifically for each business case and application.
CyberLens will lead the effort of implementing the CUREX Health Professional and Patient Applications that will interoperate with the CUREX Blockchain.
SPIDER delivers an innovative Cyber Range as a Service platform that extends and combines the capabilities of existing telecommunication testbeds and cyber ranges into a unified facility for: (i) testing new security technologies; (ii) training modern cyber defenders in near real-world conditions; and (iii) supporting organisations and relevant stakeholders in making optimal cybersecurity investment decisions. Towards this vision, it features integrated tools for cyber testing including advanced emulation tools, novel training methods based on active learning, as well as econometric models based on real-time emulation of modern cyber attacks.
CyberLens will lead the effort of implementing the SPIDER cybersecurity investment component, an investment decision support tool capable of managing cyber risks by providing a clear picture of their likelihood and individual impact, including forecasting their evolution in and against 5G infrastructures.
CREST aims to equip Law Enforcement Agencies with an advanced prediction, prevention, operation, and investigation platform by leveraging the IoT ecosystem, autonomous systems, and targeted technologies and building upon the concept of multidimensional integration and correlation of heterogeneous multimodal data streams (ranging from online content to IoT-enabled sensors) for threat detection and assessment, dynamic mission planning and adaptive navigation for improved surveillance based on autonomous systems, distributed command and control of law enforcement missions, sharing of information and exchange of digital evidence based on blockchain, and delivery of pertinent information to different stakeholders in an interactive manner tailored to their needs.
CyberLens will lead the effort of implementing the CREST cyber threat detection module tasked with detecting and classifying cyber attacks against robotic systems and IoT communications by combining deep and statistical learning.
SDN-microSENSE aims at providing and demonstrating a secure, resilient to cyber attacks, privacy-enabled and protected against data breaches solution for centralised Electrical Power and Energy Systems (EPES). Adopting an SDN-based technology, SDN-microSENSE will develop a three-layer security architecture by deploying and implementing risk assessment processes, self-healing capabilities, large-scale distributed detection and prevention mechanisms, as well as an overlay privacy protection framework.
Cyberlens will contribute to the design of SDN-microSENSE’s collaborative risk assessment methodology for the energy chain as well as the development of EPES honeypots for the detection of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). Cyberlens will also contribute to the development and configuration of the SDN-microSENSE SIEM tool as well as the implementation of the project’s SS-IDPS system.
CARAMEL’s goal is to proactively address modern vehicle cybersecurity challenges applying advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques, and also to continuously seek methods to mitigate associated safety risks. In order to achieve a secure vehicle development process with explicit cybersecurity considerations, well established methodologies coming from the ICT sector are required, allowing to assess vulnerabilities and potential cyber attack impacts and considering the entire supply chain of operations. In order to address cybersecurity considerations for the already here autonomous and connected vehicles, well established methodologies coming from the ICT sector will be adopted, allowing to assess vulnerabilities and potential cyber attack impacts.
Cyberlens will lead the effort of eliciting the security and privacy requirements that will drive the implementation of the CARAMEL global security solution. Cyberlens will also assist the modelling of the threats affecting the cybersecurity posture of connected vehicles as well as the development of the hardware security modules of the CARAMEL anti-hacking device.
ISOLA project combines state-of-the-art technologies blended with novel solutions to enhance the Situational Awareness and support the assigned Ship Security Officer & Crew to the execution of their duties especially to the Ship Security Plan. The suggested system is contextually aligned and harmonised with the existing regulations. Constraints to integration will also be looked at with attention given to key architecture framework criteria: standardisation, interoperability, openness, flexibility, adaptability, ability to evolve, scalability, modularity, simplicity, usability, robustness, information management, decision support and mission effectiveness, and legacy integration. ISOLA develops, integrates, tests, deploys, demonstrates and validates a systematic and fully automated security approach by incorporating innovative technologies for sensing, monitoring, data fusion, alarming and reporting real-time during illegal incidents.
This will ensure high level of security among all the passengers of the ship and augmentation of the Ship Security Plan. The main objectives of ISOLA are: (i) to create strategies and methods in order to a ship to easily integrated solutions regarding passengers and crew safety in the existing ship systems; (ii) to propose innovative sensor and visual technologies to support security safety; (iii) to create a complex collaborative system for monitoring and detecting security incidents and events; (iv) to create early warning methods for the ship security crew to prevent security issues; (v) to collect incident evidences by exploiting the Augmented Reality; (vi) to allow easy engagement of different authorities in a ship related crisis; (vii) to model, classify and easily report a security event.
INSPIRE-5Gplus places security at the core of 5G with the development of a platform that ensures conformance to legislation and verticals’ security requirements. It achieves this with an unprecedented combination of technologies at the state-of-the-art, including zero-touch end-to-end smart network and service security management, software-defined security orchestration, AI-based moving target defence.
In INSPIRE-5Gplus, Cyberlens leads the assessment of 5G security requirements and threat landscape, and will support the development of the project’s AI-based techniques.
LifeChamps provides a framework for advanced analytics for Quality of Life support to cancer patients during and after their treatments. Its aim is to provide timely, accurate and multi-dimensional clinical decision support at the point of care. For this, it will employ advanced AI techniques and a combination of cloud and edge-based processing.
Building on its experience in secure medical data sharing and processing, Cyberlens will contribute to the specification of the LifeChamps use cases as well as to the design of its platform architecture and health data intelligence cloud service.
With the evolving threat of climate change and the consequences of industrial accidents to becoming more severe, there is an increasing need for First Responders to access reliable and agile information management systems that offer as higher Situational Awareness and better Common Operational Picture. To match with current trends, the RESPOND-A project aims at developing holistic and easy-to-use solutions for First Responders by bringing together the complementary strengths of its Investigators in 5G wireless communications, Augmented and Virtual Reality, autonomous robot and unmanned aerial vehicle coordination, intelligent wearable sensors and smart monitoring, geovisual analytics and immersive geospatial data analysis, passive and active localisation and tracking, and interactive multi-view 360o video streaming.
The synergy of such cutting-edge technological advancements is likely to provide high-end and continuous flows of data, voice and video information to First Responders and their Command & Control Centres for predicting and assessing the various incidents readily and reliably, and saving lives more efficiently and effectively, while maximising the safeguarding of themselves, before, during and after disasters. To this end, RESPOND-A envisions at exercising First Responders for getting familiar with the project technological outcomes, and demonstrating their real-world performance and effectiveness in the classified training facilities of our Responder Partners under hydrometeorological, geophysical and technological disaster scenarios.
The project addresses the security and the resilience of EU Ground Segments of Space Systems, meeting the crosscutting and the sectorial criteria of the EU critical infrastructures (2008/14). The Copernicus era has created a new market with the massive amounts of satellite data that the ground segments of space systems receive serve to the market and governmental bodies. A physical/cyber-attack to their installations or communication networks, respectively, would cause debilitating impact on public safety and security of EU citizens and public authorities. A physical attack on a space ground segment makes the distribution of satellite data problematic and, on the other hand, a cyber-attack in its data storage, access and exchange affects not only the reliability of space data, but also their FAIR standards: findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability. Current approaches do not fully exploit the recent advances in surveillance mechanisms with robotic technologies and AI.
7SHIELD will be an integrated yet flexible and adaptable framework enabling the deployment of innovative services for cyber-physical protection of ground segments, such as e-fences, passive radars and laser technologies, multimedia AI technologies, that enhance their protection capabilities, while integrating or interoperating with existing protection solutions already deployed at their installations. The framework will integrate advanced technologies for data integration, processing, and analytics, machine learning and recommendation systems, data visualization and dashboards, data security and cyber threat protection. The technological solution is co-designed with first responders’ teams and contributes to policy making, standardisation and new guidelines for contingency planning and service continuity. The project will be evaluated and demonstrated in five installations of ground segments of space systems.
Despite the tremendous socio-economic importance of Supply Chains (SCs), security officers and operators have still no easy and integrated way to protect their interconnected CIs’ and cyber systems in the new digital era. CYRENE vision is to enhance the security, privacy, resilience, accountability and trustworthiness of Supply Chains (SCs) through the provision of a novel and dynamic Conformity Assessment Process (CAP) that evaluates the security and resilience of supply chain services, the interconnected IT infrastructures composing these services and the individual devices that support the operations of the SCs.
In order to meet its objective, the proposed Conformity Assessment Process is based on a collaborative, multi-level evidence -driven, Risk and Privacy Assessment Approach that support, at different levels, the SCs security officers and operators to recognize, identify, model, and dynamically analyse advanced persistent threats and vulnerabilities as well as to handle daily cyber-security and privacy risks and data breaches. CYRENE will be validated in the scope of realistic scenarios/conditions comprising of real-life supply chain infrastructures and end-users. Furthermore, the project will ensure the active engagement of a large number of external stakeholders as a means of developing a wider ecosystem around the project’s results, which will set the basis for CYRENE’s large scale adoption and global impact.