CYSPA: European Cyber Security Protection Alliance

Engineering is one of the partners in the research project aimed at establishing a strategic alliance to act on a European scale for protecting the assets of its own members from potential cyber attacks.

CYSPA is a European initiative launched by 17 organizations from the industrial and research world, aimed at creating a strategic alliance for protection of cyberspace in Europe.

The aim is to lead the organizations belonging to the alliance towards a greater understanding of the impact that potential cyber attacks could have on their own assets, in addition to increasing capacity the capacity of the same organizations to protect themselves from the risk of such attacks, providing support for interaction and information sharing amongst members, and also identifying the ones that are technological gaps in security solutions.

The project, started in October 2012, is jointly financed by the partner organizations and the European Commission as part of the Seventh Framework Program (FP7 in ICT Trust & Security).

Engineering is taking part in the project as a Technical Manager and provides alliance members with the CYSPA Community Portal, a solution based on the Openness platform (extension of Liferay) that will allow effective collaboration between participants in the work groups that will be a part of the alliance.

Other members of the project are EOS, the European Organization for Security, as Project Coordinator, and other important players in the ICT sector such as Atos, Thales, Cassidian, SAP, STM, and also research bodies such as TrentoRise, UPM, Fraunhofer, and users such as Telecom Italia, CORTE and Selex ES.

CYSPA's goal therefore, is not only to operate as a research tool for evaluating the impact caused by potential cyber attacks on each sector (starting with Finance, Energy, Transport, eGovernment, Telecommunications) but also to become a solid, autonomous alliance that can contribute to European Cyber Security policies with specific lines of action and also provide input for the European Commission and Member States.