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Published: 21 March 2017  
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Sharing information for better cyber security

The EU-funded SISSDEN project will create, deploy and operate a network of sensors to detect, collect and share information about potential threats to cyber security and how to tighten computer defences accordingly.

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Cyber threats are pertinent to everyone who uses the internet today – any online presence exposes a user to potential attacks from malware, botnets or other sources. Ordinary people and SMEs are particularly vulnerable as they lack the required knowledge to defend themselves.

In response, the EU-funded SISSDEN project is working on a data collection and sharing system which would make information available to all about potential threats and how to deal with them – at no cost. The project consortium is creating, deploying and operating a worldwide network of sensors that will collect threat data with the use of honeypot and darknet technologies.

These tools lure potential attackers to sites with seemingly valuable information but enable the identification and blocking of the assailants. This data will be complemented by an in-depth behavioural analysis of malware software that is specifically designed to disrupt or damage a computer system.

SISSDEN will deliver this data through free feeds of security information to all its users, who can then use this information to avoid and block potential threats. This information will also be collated in a reference data set available to everyone, including researchers working on security.

SISSDEN has identified national computer emergency response teams (CERTs), internet service providers (ISPs), hosting providers; and law enforcement agencies – specifically, the Europol Cyber Crime Unit EC3 – as the key conduits for sharing this notification and remediation data widely.

The SISSDEN sensor network will lead to better cyber security management both in Europe and worldwide, and will empower SMEs and citizens – who are vulnerable to threats – to participate in this global effort against increased malware and botnet attacks. Equally important, this project will also improve information on the scale and salience of cyber security risks in the EU, informing decision-making on future security and protection measures.

Project details

  • Project acronym: SISSDEN
  • Participants: Poland (Coordinator), Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, UK
  • Project N°: 700176
  • Total costs: € 6 341 775
  • EU contribution: € 4 912 692
  • Duration: May 2016 - April 2019

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