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COBALT: Cost Benefit Analysis of Security Measures Enforcement on a Metro Transportation System

COBALT is developing a prototype IT tool which will help critical infrastructure operators and managers to evaluate risks and the cost effectiveness of countermeasures.

Project dates 01/09/2012 - 28/02/2014
Total budget€385 632
EU contribution90%
Project CoordinatorD’Appolonia (Italy)
Project Partners
  • Hamburg Consult (Germany)
  • Istituto Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Project Description

The primary and ultimate responsibility for protecting European critical infrastructure falls on EU countries and the infrastructure’s operators or managers themselves. Currently, managers and operators find it difficult to define risk assessment. They are particularly aware of a lack of a common understanding and guidance on the selection of countermeasures to protect a critical infrastructure. This can lead to misinterpretations of guidance or misalignments between similar operator security plans.

The COBALT project is developing a support tool to assess the risks facing critical infrastructures and to evaluate the cost effectiveness ratio of the selection and implementation of countermeasures.

Benefits and results

The project will produce a prototype IT tool which will support end-users by improving their protection capability and security awareness. The tool will evaluate the risks faced by infrastructures and define a set of countermeasures, chosen by the user, along with a cost/benefit evaluation.

The final step will involve the set up of a computer-based training methodology, which will include instruments for disseminating and understanding the COBALT outcomes and techniques. The training methodology will be tailored to the individual needs of the operator or manager.

A workshop will be organised with interested parties to verify and validate the training methodology and the training material. The workshop will also evaluate the user friendliness and graphic interface of the tool.

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