The STOP-IT project
STOP-IT focuses on the strategic, tactical and operational protection of critical water infrastructures
against physical and cyber threats
Water infrastructures are essential for human society, life and health. They can be endangered by physical or cyber threats with severe societal consequences.
To protect them, STOP-IT brings together a strong team of 23 partners from all across Europe and Israel to develop solutions to the most pressing threats.
The team identifies risks and co-develops an all-hazards risk management framework for the physical and cyber protection of critical water infrastructures.
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The STOP-IT project is slowly coming to an end and so are the demonstration activities of the STOP-IT tools at the Frontrunner water utilities. The two frontrunners Aigües de Barcelona in Spain and Mekorot in Israel now have published a factsheet with the results of the implementation of STOP-IT tools they have tested at their facilities.
Tools tested at Aigües de Barcelona were the Water Quality Sensor Placement tool, the Asset vulnerability Assessment Tool, the InfraRisk-CP tool, the Risk Analysis and Evaluation Toolkit and the Fault-tolerant Control Strategies for Physical Anomalies affecting the SCADA system.
Meritxell Minoves from Aigües de Barcelona is content with how their collaboration with the STOP-IT project turned out: “The technological solutions developed in STOP-IT have met the original goals of the project and, thanks to all the colleagues, we have been able to proof them to be useful tools to manage risks in real situations and in all the aspects needed by the water industry. Moreover, the project has brought experiences and a different vision to our team and there has been a fruitful exchange between all the technology providers and water related organizations that have had a role during these four years.”
Read about the results and validated tools from Aigües de Barcelona here:
Mekorot and other water companies often are targets of physical- and/or cyber-attacks. In order to improve their resilience as a water supply company they have applied several STOP-IT tools for testing: The Jammer Detector, the Network Traffic Sensors and Analyzers, the Smart-Locks, the Fine-grain cyber access control tool and the Real-Time Anomaly Detector.
Relly Bar-On from Mekorot was satisfied with the STOP-IT collaboration as well: “STOP-IT was a major step for Mekorot to increase its resilience by demonstrating a set of tools for cyber and physical protection. The project took place in an era of increasing cyber-attacks on water facilities in Israel, emphasizing the importance of projects like STOP-IT even more. The knowledge share that was done in the project and the exposure to innovative technologies accelerated the implementation of additional cyber tools and added more layers to the risk-management methodology that Mekorot follows.”
Read about the results and validated tools from Mekorot here:
„The water sector of the future will be smart: the intelligent integration and analysis of data from different sources will continuously create new opportunities, but also increase system vulnerability facilitated by the ever-changing landscapes of the digital world. The STOP-IT integrated platform aims to make water systems secure and resilient by improving preparedness, awareness and response level to physical, cyber threats, and their combination! I am looking forward to work with such an amazing, motivated and inspiring project consortium and I am optimistic that together we will be able to protect water infrastructure and ensure a safer, smarter, and more efficient water service to everyone.“
~ Rita Ugarelli (STOP-IT coordinator, SINTEF Norway)
„Cyber security should be the concern of every water network operator, not only security nerds!“
~Martin Gilje Jaatun (Security officer and WP10 leader, SINTEF Norway)
„Researchers, scientists, developers and manufacturers from all across Europe are working together in order to make water infrastructure safer for all of us and I am excited to work with such a diverse and professional team.“
~ Lisa Zimmermann (Scientific Journalist, IWW Germany)
„Participation in the STOP-IT project not only reaffirms Cetaqua’s commitment to the research towards better protection of water infrastructures, but also represents a great opportunity to work together with Europe’s leading experts.“
~ Enric Bonet (WP3 leader, Cetaqua Spain)
„Demosthenes said: ‚Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises‘. In the STOP-IT project we have a huge opportunity to produce great research outcomes targeting to the holistic protection of the water infrastructures against physical and cyber threats.“
~Prof. Anastasios Doulamis (WP7 leader, ICCS Greece)