IRRIIS – Integrated Risk Reduction of Information-based Infrastructure Systems

Public life, economy and society as a whole depend to a very large extend on the proper functioning of critical infrastructures (CIs) like energy supply or telecommunication. The EU Integrated Project IRRIIS - Integrated Risk Reduction of Information-based Infrastructure Systems - aims at protecting these infrastructures.

The extensive use of information and communication technologies (ICT) has pervaded other infrastructures, rendering them more intelligent, increasingly interconnected, complex, interdependent, and therefore more vulnerable.

IRRIIS will increase dependability, survivability and resilience of these underlying information-based infrastructures and will:

  • Determine a sound set of public and private sector requirements based upon detailed scenario and data analysis.

  • Develop MIT (Middleware Improved Technology), a collection of software components, which facilitates IT-based communication between different infrastructures and different infrastructure providers. By supporting recovery actions and increasing service stability in case of critical situations, MIT components will substantially enhance the security of large complex critical infrastructures.

  • Build SimCIP (Simulation for Critical Infrastructure Protection), a simulation environment for controlled experimentation with a special focus on CIs interdependencies. The simulator will be used to deepen the understanding of critical infrastructures and their interdependencies, to identify possible problems, to develop appropriate solutions and to validate and test the MIT components.

  • Disseminate novel and innovative concepts, results and products to other information-based critical sectors.

The interdisciplinary research and development is performed by a well-balanced European consortium of fifteen partners, ranging from academia over technical consultant and service providers to key stakeholders from the fields of energy supply and telecommunication. IRRIIS is supported by the European Union Sixth Framework Programme within the area of “Information Society Technologies” with seven million Euro funding and is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS).