A group of 17 organisations from the security, telecom, finance, energy and transport fields have come together in the European CyberSpace Protection Alliance, or “CYSPA”. This is an important initiative in the current political context of the definition of a Strategy for cyber-security at European level, which aims at creating an open European alliance to protect cyberspace and provide inputs to the European Commission and the Member States. Transport is one important segment affected by cyber-attacks and CORTE covers the road transport aspects relating to CYSPA.
The Alliance is set up with the financial support of its founding industry members as well as financial support from the European Commission research programme FP7 in ICT Trust & Security. The Alliance starts operation in October 2012. The initial output of its activities will be delivered to the European Commission by mid 2013, and final results expected by the end of 2014.
CYSPA brings together 17 partners and 4 supporting organisations, and aims at creating a trustworthy ICT through an EU strategy to protect cyber-space which targets audiences ranging from research communities and industry to public authorities and infrastructure operators. This goal builds on the analysis that the entire cyber-space which embodies our connected society has been created on technology but, evolving towards trustworthy ICT, it requires taking into account all dimensions: from human to legislative, from infrastructure to information, from economic to societal. This means addressing the issue at EU level and prioritizing the initiatives based on economically validated metrics.
Recent years have seen a major IT revolution which targeted all sectors of society. These developments have created a system stemmed with interconnected networks which link all levels and sectors of society, and are subject to a continuous increase in speed and capabilities. These positive aspects however are shadowed by the high increase in criminal incidents within the ICT sector, which led to a vast compromise of the existing data and information and in some cases even brought the physical infrastructure to a stand still. CYSPA thus aims at addressing these issues through an adequately targeted EU strategy which tackles and reaches all dimensions: human, legislative, infrastructure, economical and societal.
Under the supervision of DG Enterprise & Industry, the Alliance brings together the following partners:
- Atos Spain S.A.,
- CASSIDIAN CyberSecurity SAS,
- Confederation of Organisations in Road Transport Enforcement,
- EDISOFT S.A.,
- Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A.,
- European Organisation for Security S.C.R.L. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft,
- Husmann Unternehmensberartung-EHU,
- SAP AG,
- SELEX Sistemi Integrati,
- Telecom Italia Group,
- Thales Services SAS,
- Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research TNO,
- Trento RISE,
- Universidad Politécnica de Madrid,
- Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş.
and will promote a top-down approach over a period of 30 months in tackling these sensitive issues by addressing:
- economic and societal impacts on cyber disruptions,
- the impact of ongoing initiatives,
- technological observatory, optimal uptake and deployment models
- delivery of an integrated strategy to protect cyber space.
For more information see cybersecurity.
CYSPA QUESTIONNAIRE is available here .