Funding Body: European Union (EU)
Programme: Seventh Framework Programme THEME SEC-2011.2.5-1 Cyber Attacks against Critical Infrastructures
Contract No.: 285181
Start Date: 1st March, 2012
Duration: 3 years

Santiago Cáceres
ETRA Investigación y Desarrollo, S.A.
Tres Forques 147
46014 Valencia

The strategic goal of PRECYSE is to define, develop and validate a methodology, an architecture and a set of technologies and tools to improve -by design- the security, reliability, and resilience of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) systems supporting Critical Infrastructures (CI).

This goal can be mapped into a set of specific Scientific and Technical objectives:

  • Objective 1. To specify a methodology in order to identify the assets, associated threats and vulnerabilities to thus improve the level of security for CI. This methodology will be based on best practice and standards for critical infrastructure protection and security information management, and will be presented to relevant standardisation organisations.
  • Objective 2. To specify and develop a security architecture that improves resilience. This architecture will not be developed from scratch or as a standalone element, but instead it will encompass a set of architectural principles -including well proven methods and best practice- and the tools to instantiate them into existing or to-be-created CI architectures.
  • Objective 3. Develop a set of tools and technologies for the protection of CI and the prevention of cyber attacks against them.
  • Objective 4. Develop a set of tools and technologies for the early warning of attacks to CI and the issuing of countermeasures. This will include processes, procedures and technologies that alert the managers of a CI when an attack or intrusion is taking place, as well as a series of countermeasure tools, technologies and processes to defeat the intrusion and quickly restore the CI to a fully functional, safe and secure state.
  • Objective 5. Instantiation of an integrated prototype of the methodologies, technologies and tools developed in the project (one lab prototype in the first implementation iteration), so that PRECYSE results can be evaluated in realistic conditions within two demonstrations in the fields of Energy and Transport (two full demonstration in the final implementation iteration).
  • Objective 6. Investigation of the ethical and privacy issues as well as the legal and policy implications associated or relevant to the developments carried out by the project.
  • Objective 7. Dissemination of the project activities and results and liaison with relevant research initiatives and standardization for a – both research and industry related- in order to ensure the transferability, impact and exploitability of the results of PRECYSE. This includes user’s community building among users and management of the project’s Users Groups


The first demonstrator is the Traffic Control Centre in Valencia (Spain), it manages a metropolitan area with more than 1.500.000 inhabitants and an average of more than 500.000 vehicles running every day.


Valencia Traffic Control Centre Demonstrator

The second demonstrator is deployed in Linz STROM (Austria), and focuses on the distribution of electricity services. LINZ STROM provides power supply and related services for 400.000 inhabitants in an area of 2.000 km.


Linz Energy Distribution Demonstrator