ASTRID - AddreSing ThReats for virtualIseD services

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Date: 
01/05/2018 to 30/04/2021

Introduction:

The growing adoption of cloud technologies and the trend to virtualise applications are inexorably re-shaping the traditional security paradigms, due to the increasing usage of infrastructures outside of the enterprise perimeter and shared with other users. The need for more agility in software development and maintenance has also fostered the transition to micro-services architectures, and the wide adoption of this paradigm has led service developers to protect their applications by including virtualised instances of security appliances in their design. Unfortunately, this often results in security being managed by people without enough skills or specific expertise, it may not be able to cope with threats coming from the virtualization layer itself (e.g., hypervisor bugs), and also exposes security appliances to the same threats as the other application components. It also complicates legal interception and investigation when some applications or services are suspected of illegal activity.

To overcome the above limitations, the ASTRID project aims at shifting the detection and analysis logic outside of the service graph, by leveraging descriptive context models and their usage in ever smarter orchestration logic, hence shifting the responsibility for security, privacy, and trustworthiness from developers or end users to service providers. This approach brings new opportunities for situational awareness in the growing domain of virtualised services: unified access and encryption management, correlation of events and information among different services/applications, support for legal interception and forensics investigation.

ASTRID will develop a common approach easily portable to different virtualisation scenarios. In this respect, the technology developed by the Project will be validated in two relevant domains, i.e., plain cloud applications and Network Function Virtualisation, which typically exploits rather different chaining and orchestration models.

 

Who is the project designed for?

Public Sector Organizations, IT SMEs, Researchers, Security Software Industry, End User Organizations, Policy & Regulators, ICT Sectors, Academia.

 

How will your project benefit the end-user?

ASTRID pursues a transition from infrastructure-centric to embedded service-centric cybersecurity frameworks. 
 

Week: 
Friday, 11 January, 2019

News

Cyber Security is a Shared Responsibility!

European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is the EU's annual awareness campaign that takes place each October across Europe. The aim is o raise awareness of cyber security threats, promote cyber security among citizens and organization; and provide resources to protect themselves online, through education and sharing of good practices.

Future Events

On 25 September 2019 (09:30-10:30) in Room Walton, a strategic planning co-design session (CD) titled "Security research: Ensuring security and privacy in a digitising world [CD]" will be held on the European Research and Innovation Days, the first annual policy event of the European Commission, bringing together stakeholders to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape, will happened on 24-26 September 2019 in Brussels (BE).

24/09/2019 to 26/09/2019

MyData 2019 will be organised on 25-27 September 2019 in Wanha Satama in central Helsinki, as an associated event of Finland’s EU Presidency. The conference provides 2+1 days of interactive sessions, networking opportunities and inspirations that shall contribute to rebuilding trust and creating a more transparent and prosperous digital society.

25/09/2019 to 27/09/2019