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Overview

Technologies for implementing security services in the physical and in the electronic domain are both stable and mature, but they have been developed independently of each other. these encompass a whole variety of solutions, ranging from simple tools to sophisticated products, such as: Security Information Management (SIM) and Security Event Management (SEM), Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), Security Operations Centers (SOC), Logical Access Control Systems (LACS) and Physical Access Control Systems (PACS), Building Automation, Video Surveillance, Forensic support, and more. Some of them have recently merged, but real convergence is still a faraway target.

 

SAWSOC Concept

SAWSOC aims at bringing a significant advancement in the convergence of physical and logical security technologies. By "convergence" we mean: effective cooperation (i.e. a coordinated and results-oriented effort to work together) among previously disjointed functions.

Recently some achievements have been made (e.g. SEM and SIM have merged into SIEM, and LACS and PACS have merged into IM), Security Operations Center (SOC) technology has improved significantly, but much is yet to be done.

SAWSOC holistic approach and enhanced awareness technology will allow dependable (i.e. accurate, timely, and trustworthy) detection and diagnosis of attacks. This will ultimately result in the achievement  of  two goals of paramount importance, and precisely:

  1. Guaranteeing the protection of citizens and assets
  2. Improving the perception of security by citizens

Goal 1 is in line with the objectives of the Security Work  Programme  in general, and goal 2 perfectly matches the expected impact as listed in the Work Programme for Topic SEC-2012.2.5-1. SAWSOC’s design will be driven by three real use cases, with highly diverse requirements. Such use cases collectively form an experimental test-bed perfectly suited for driving the design as well as for validating the development of a platform such as SAWSOC that will support true convergence of physical and logical   security technologies, and overcome the fragmentation of security approaches.

  1. The first use case deals  with  the  protection of a Critical Infrastructure for Air Traffic Management.
  2. The second deals with the protection of a Critical Infrastructure for Energy Production and Distribution.
  3. The third deals with the protection of a public place, specifically a stadium, during an event.

The project will take stock of associated initiatives, which have a direct or indirect link with the topic (e.g.: topic SEC-2011.2.5-1 Cyber Attacks against critical infrastructures, ESRAB and ESRIF), and will benefit of an enhanced SME (Small/Medium Enterprises) participation in the Consortium.