Integrated Risk Reduction of Information-based Infrastructure Systems (IRRIIS)

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Funding: EU FP7

Duration: 02/2006-07/2009


Public life, economy and society as a whole depend to a very large extend on the proper functioning of critical infrastructure (CIs) like energy supply or telecommunication. The EU Integrated Project IRRIIS - Integrated Risk Reduction of Information-based Infrastructure Systems - aimed at protecting this infrastructure.

The extensive use of information and communication technologies (ICT) has pervaded other infrastructure, rendering it more intelligent, increasingly interconnected, complex, interdependent, and therefore more vulnerable.

IRRIIS set out to increase the dependability, survivability and resilience of the underlying information-based infrastructure and:

  • Determined a sound set of public and private sector requirements based upon detailed scenario and data analysis.
  • Developed MIT (Middleware Improved Technology), a collection of software components, which facilitates IT-based communication between different forms of infrastructure and different infrastructure providers. By supporting recovery actions and increasing service stability in case of critical situations, MIT components substantially enhance the security of large complex critical infrastructure.
  • Built SimCIP (Simulation for Critical Infrastructure Protection), a simulation environment for controlled experimentation with a special focus on CIs interdependencies. The simulator was used to deepen understanding of critical infrastructures and their interdependencies, to identify possible problems, to develop appropriate solutions and to validate and test the MIT components.
  • Disseminated novel and innovative concepts, results and products to other information-based critical sectors.

The interdisciplinary research and development was performed by a well-balanced European consortium of fifteen partners, ranging from academia, technical consultant and service providers to key stakeholders from the fields of energy supply and telecommunication. IRRIIS was supported by the European Union Sixth Framework Programme within the area of “Information Society Technologies” with seven million Euro funding and was coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS).



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