Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

VTT to Improve Information Security of European Electricity Distribution

09.05.2006


Safe distribution of electricity has been set as objective



Multifarious intentional and unintentional situations - ranging from short circuits and human errors to hackers and terrorists exploiting security vulnerabilities in control systems - can paralyse Large Critical Complex Infrastructures (LCCIs). VTT is playing a key role in an EU project aimed at protecting the critical infrastructure of European society. The project focuses on, e.g. preventing information security threats to the telecommunications systems of European electricity distribution networks. The project aims at improving the reliability, security and dependability of these systems.

The IRRIIS (Integrated Risk Reduction of Information-based Infrastructure Systems) project, part of the European Union Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), is aimed at deepening our understanding of information security threats to complex and critical infrastructures, particularly from the perspective of interdependencies. The recently launched project will run for three years and it has received seven million euros in funding from the EU. The project involves a consortium of fifteen corporate and research partners from different European countries and is co-ordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute from Germany.


VTT is playing an important role in the project, especially in assessing public and information security threats and risks to critical infrastructures (e.g. electricity networks), their control systems, as well as their interdependencies. The security threats often involve interdependencies where the realisation of one threat has a significant effect on the realisation of other threats. Fuller development of our understanding of interdependencies requires a comprehensive perspective. VTT’s information security researchers from different competence centres of the VTT work on many different applications and technologies. This information security expertise in different fields is synthesised into internationally unique, systematic and comprehensive understanding of critical infrastructures and their environment through effective research coordination. VTT’s key role in the IRRIIS project is based on this strongly interdisciplinary and aggregated perspective.

The electricity distribution and telecommunications infrastructures that have expanded rapidly over the past several decades are vital to today’s society and their collapse would have serious consequences. Telecommunications technologies play an increasingly pivotal role in the critical technological systems of our lives, which are more and more interconnected and mutually dependent. The fact that these systems operate across administrative and geographical boundaries, in addition to their complexity, presents a major security and maintenance challenge.

Sirpa Posti | alfa
Further information:
http://www.vtt.fi
http://www.vtt.fi/?lang=en

All articles from Power and Electrical Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Data use draining your battery? Tiny device to speed up memory while also saving power

The more objects we make "smart," from watches to entire buildings, the greater the need for these devices to store and retrieve massive amounts of data quickly without consuming too much power.

Millions of new memory cells could be part of a computer chip and provide that speed and energy savings, thanks to the discovery of a previously unobserved...

Im Focus: An energy-efficient way to stay warm: Sew high-tech heating patches to your clothes

Personal patches could reduce energy waste in buildings, Rutgers-led study says

What if, instead of turning up the thermostat, you could warm up with high-tech, flexible patches sewn into your clothes - while significantly reducing your...

Im Focus: Lethal combination: Drug cocktail turns off the juice to cancer cells

A widely used diabetes medication combined with an antihypertensive drug specifically inhibits tumor growth – this was discovered by researchers from the University of Basel’s Biozentrum two years ago. In a follow-up study, recently published in “Cell Reports”, the scientists report that this drug cocktail induces cancer cell death by switching off their energy supply.

The widely used anti-diabetes drug metformin not only reduces blood sugar but also has an anti-cancer effect. However, the metformin dose commonly used in the...

Im Focus: New Foldable Drone Flies through Narrow Holes in Rescue Missions

A research team from the University of Zurich has developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is particularly useful when searching for victims of natural disasters.

Inspecting a damaged building after an earthquake or during a fire is exactly the kind of job that human rescuers would like drones to do for them. A flying...

Im Focus: Topological material switched off and on for the first time

Key advance for future topological transistors

Over the last decade, there has been much excitement about the discovery, recognised by the Nobel Prize in Physics only two years ago, that there are two types...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

ICTM Conference 2019: Digitization emerges as an engineering trend for turbomachinery construction

12.12.2018 | Event News

New Plastics Economy Investor Forum - Meeting Point for Innovations

10.12.2018 | Event News

EGU 2019 meeting: Media registration now open

06.12.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Data use draining your battery? Tiny device to speed up memory while also saving power

14.12.2018 | Power and Electrical Engineering

Tangled magnetic fields power cosmic particle accelerators

14.12.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

In search of missing worlds, Hubble finds a fast evaporating exoplanet

14.12.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>