Protection of critical water infrastructure – European research project STOP-IT has started

The project STOP-IT (Strategic, Tactical, Operational Protection of water Infrastructure against cyber-physical Threats) that has started in June 2017 focuses on finding solutions to protect critical water infrastructure against physical and cyber threats. Over the course of the next four years, a team of major water utilities, industrial technology developers, high tech small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) and top European Research and Development (R&D) providers across Europe and Israel will work together closely.

The STOP-IT team identifies current and future risks and co-develops an all-hazards risk management framework for the physical and cyber protection of critical water infrastructures. Prevention, detection, response and mitigation of relevant risks at strategic, tactical and operational levels of planning will be taken into account to generate modular solutions (technologies, tools and guidelines) that will be embedded into an integrated, scalable and adaptable modular software platform.

The solutions are tested and demonstrated with a frontrunner/follower approach, where four advanced frontrunner water utilities, Aigües de Barcelona (Spain), Berliner Wasserbetriebe (Germany), Mekorot (Israel) and Oslo VAV (Norway) are twinned with Hessenwasser (Germany), Bergen Kommune (Norway), Emasagra (Spain) and DeWatergroep (Belgium), to stimulate mutual learning, transfer and uptake of the STOP-IT solutions.

Within Communities of Practice (CoPs), STOP-IT provides space for an effective participation, communication and learning. The CoPs will bring together relevant stakeholders and experts for given security issues, developing a common understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of various options for tackling different kinds of threats.

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The participants of the STOP-IT kickoff-meeting in Oslo, Norway.