Protecting Energy CIIs: Challenges & Obstacles


The CyberSANE platform has been deployed and tested in three different real-world domains: transport, energy and health. The first one was a container cargo transportation pilot developed in the port of Valencia and related to a platform for sharing data linked to the containers’ weight certificate. The second one – the energy pilot – was carried out by Lightsource Labs with other partners from the CyberSANE project team, including the project coordinator – PDMFC – and Maggioli, FORTH, JSI, CNR, Atos and Ubitech.

The demonstration event for the CyberSANE Energy pilot was held on Tuesday 5th April 2022. The energy pilot tested and validated the CyberSANE System by showcasing a variety of potential cyber-attack scenarios within a Solar Energy management platform. This energy management platform is used for several digital services such as helping to ensure the electrical grid and reducing the cost of electricity.

During the design and preparation phase of the different attack scenarios for the pilot, the project partners identified several challenges that needed to be solved before performing the demonstration:

  • The first challenge was the very definition of the scenarios. Several workshops amongst CyberSANE partners took place to define the final scenarios and detect any vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks on the infrastructure.

  • A challenging aspect of the pilot was to execute the demonstrations within the critical infrastructures. It is not an insignificant challenge to get the correct authorizations for the relevant equipment and allowing the replication in the defined scenarios. Data on these systems is confidential for security reasons. A main objective for demonstration purposes was to select processes with non-sensitive data, and virtual data was used in the case of the energy pilot adding an additional layer of security.

  • The Energy pilot was the second of three demonstration pilots and although the platform was mature enough, some issues and bugs were detected due to the integration of a variety of tools. As each tool is owned by a different project partner, bilateral meetings were required to solve various issues related to the deployment, integration and execution.

The live demonstration was a success and can be viewed at the following link:

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