CyberSEAS addresses the growing concern for guaranteeing business continuity across a complete energy supply chain in which cyber-security risks are increasing across a multitude of organisations and consumers, while easing the uptake of diverse and multiple energy sources and increasing the IT based interactions.
The project aims to improve the overall resilience of energy supply chains, by protecting them from disruptions that exploit the enhanced interactions, resulting from the increased use of decentralised renewable energy sources, co-existence of legacy system and variety of diverse operators and prosumers roles. CyberSEAS implements its ambition by considering the intrinsic multi-lateral digitally enabled interconnected “nature” of the EPES ecosystem, and particularly by
- focusing on the highest impact attacks, at the full energy supply chain level and involving all operators,
- moving to the consumers’ level, both as a channel for attacks and as a target of attacks,
- handling the importance of protecting data-driven and data-oriented collaborations and translating the increased expertise built with EPES professionals and cyber security experts into policy level recommendations.
CyberSEAS designs, implements, demonstrates and validates CyberSEAS ecosystem consisting of a total of 30 tools (available in partner’s portfolio) and makes them interoperable in an integrated flow that can be taken up as a whole or through combinations of customized subsets of tools. In addition, it employs the Human-in the Loop (HIL) approach to enable energy grid operators to take informed decisions, based on quantitative self-evaluation of the potential impact of cyber threats/attacks on the infrastructure.
The ecosystem is interfaced to pre-existing environments of individual operators, where different subsets are made available and tested during the project through 100+ scenarios in 5 different infrastructures.
Through CyberSEAS project results, EPES stakeholders will gain significant benefits as the resulting governance, processes and supporting toolsets enable them to adapt their own protection systems, while moving towards a consolidated multi-stakeholder EPES-level approach and technology stack.
The role of the RWTH
- provide expertise for the analysis of interdependencies in the electricity supply chain.
- contribute to the real-time cyber monitoring and investigation of potential attack evolutions.
- support the laboratory testing and validation and contribute to the scientific dissemination of the project results.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 101020560. The content of this publication reflects the opinion of its authors and does not, in any way, represent opinions of the European Union. European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information that this publication contains.