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Subject:SANCUS partners finalise the Platform’s architecture during the Project’s 4th Plenary meeting

On the 17th and 18th of June 2021, the Horizon 2020 project SANCUS “analySis softwAre scheme of uNiform statistiCal sampling, aUdit and defence processes” convened its 4th Plenary meeting. Due to the current pandemic and the travel restrictions, the 15 partners from 8 European countries met virtually over two days. The meeting was hosted by the project coordinator, Dr. Hicham Khalife from THALES. eBOS Technologies was represented by Dr. Charalambos Klitis and Dr. George Guirgis, members of the R&D department.

The SANCUS project aims to build a manifold of new tools and strategies that enable next-generation ICT system networks to perform automated and Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven analysis of their firmware images, and software at a massive scale. Indeed, the IoT comes with security risks for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) networks, which are always dynamically and unpredictably changing. For this reason, the partners first reviewed the current needs in terms of security of 5G and beyond networks, including the Internet of Things (IoT). 

At the Plenary meeting, and for the first time since the project started, the architecture of the six different SANCUS engines was presented, discussed in detail, and finalised. These engines combine unique modelling of the IoT units, cutting edge methods for automated firmware and software validation and verification and innovative AI driven game techniques for the automation and optimisation of the control and trust of digital services. 

 

The architecture builds on the safety threat identification and the use case scenarios which were agreed during the previous plenary meeting. This time, the partners discussed and finalised the platform architecture, including its requirements, key performance indicators (KPI) and functionalities. The discussion focused on three pillars:

  • the Generic Platform Requirements, 
  • the Engine/Module Requirements, 
  • the Business and Stakeholders Requirements. 

eBOS actively took part in the discussions, further specifying the requirements and functionality of the SANCUS architecture. Great effort and time went into the identification and classification of threats and vulnerabilities. The eBOS Team ensured that the security risks classified according to impact and severity were properly mapped to the relevant SANCUS engine used to detect the specific applicable threats. This was an activity successfully led by eBOS.

While a significant amount of discussion time was allocated to the architecture requirements and functionalities (WP2), the rest of the work packages (WP) were also presented and discussed by the individual WP and Task leaders. The progress of the design and implementation of the various engines was reviewed, with the WP leaders suggesting the roadmap for the project going ahead. 

eBOS Technologies led the discussion and activities for the Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation of Results as the WP7 leader. Through carefully selected communication channels, the SANCUS project disseminated its results, maximising its impact.  

SANCUS is an EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 952672.  More information for the project can be found on the project website (https://www.sancus-project.eu/).

 
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