PREEMPTIVE is a European Union project (FP7-SEC-2013-1) being finalized in 2017. It was set up having in mind the increasing number and impact of cyber attacks on utility networks. A successful attack might affect, or even endanger, daily human activities. Multiple countermeasures have been put in place to prevent Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks, but they failed, allowing the latest generation of APT.
The goal of PREEMPTIVE is to provide an innovative solution for enhancing existing methods and conceiving tools to prevent against cyber attacks, that target utility networks. PREEMPTIVE addresses the prevention of cyber attacks against hardware and software systems such as DCS, SCADA, PLC, networked electronic sensing, and monitoring and diagnostic systems used by the utilities networks. Moreover, the research aims to implement detection tools based on a dual approach comprising low direct detection and process misbehavior detection.
Utility companies will take advantage of PREEMPTIVE results to demonstrate compliance with high-level security requirements that originate from mandates, standards, and guidelines.