The Project CAIS deals with the technical basis to build a cyber attack information system used for establishing situational awareness in the cyberspace from a national perspective. Simulation and analysis tools for risk and threat management are developed and evaluated under real conditions.

In recent years, the Internet has rapidly expanded to a massive economic sphere of activity – not only for the new economy, where Internet-based businesses have grown from start-ups to multinational and billon-dollar enterprises, but also for the ‘dark side’ of entrepreneurship. Exploiting weaknesses in ICT systems has become a profitable business model. In order to better cope with these threats, a better cooperation between all parties in the digital society is necessary.

The project CAIS therefore deals with the implementation of a Cyber Attack Information System on a national level, whose ultimate goal is to strengthen the resilience of today’s interdependent networked services, and increase their overall availability and trustworthiness. Main objectives of this project are identifying expected future cyber risks and emerging threats, evaluating novel anomaly detection techniques, creating highly modular infrastructure models used in agent-based attack simulations for risk and threat analysis, and finally investigate the deployment and instantiation of a national “Cyber Attack Information System”.

The project consortium consists of a balanced mix of research institutes, strong industry partners, and governmental agencies, which ensure sound scientific grounding, sophisticated technical implementation, and practical applicability and validation.

Facts:

  • Project start: 2011
  • Project duration: 2 years
  • Funding: the project is funded within the security research support program KIRAS by the Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (federal ministry for transport, innovation and technology)
  • Coordination: AIT Austrian Insitute of Technology
  • Partner: Bundeskanzleramt Österreich (Austrian Federal Chanceller), Bundesministerium für Inneres (Federal Ministry of the Interior), Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport (Federal Ministry for National Defense and Sport), University of Applied Sciences St. Poelten, Österreichisches Institut für Internationale Politik (Austrian Institute for International Affairs), T-Mobile Austria, T-Systems Austria, CERT.AT