Launch of new STOP-IT European project


Christos Makropoulos Meng DIC MSc PhD FRGS FHEA, Peter van Thienen PhD, Gerard van den Berg PhD, Patrick Smeets PhD MSc, Jos Frijns MSc, Mario Castro-Gama MSc, Joost van Summeren PhD

  • Start date
    01 Jun 2017
  • End date
    31 May 2021
  • Principal
    European Commission
  • collaborating partners
    Aiges de Barcelona, Atos Spain, Beit Tochna Aplicatzia, Bergen Kommune, Berliner Wasserbetriebe , Cetaqua, De Watergroep, Empresa Municipal de Abastecimiento y saneamiento de Granada , Eurecat, Hessenwasser, ICCS, IWW, KWR, Mekorot, Mnemonic, Oslo Kommune, PNO Innovation, Risa Sicherheitsanalysen, Sintef , Technion, Worldsensing, WssTP

Water infrastructures are essential for society, human welfare and health, but they can be endangered by physical threats and cyberattacks. These can have severe societal consequences. Examples can be seen almost daily in the news. To address these threats, the STOP-IT project, which assembles a team of leading research institutes and companies, such as Sintef, IWW, KWR and Atos, will develop an all-hazard risk management framework (based on ISO 31000) for the physical and cyber protection of critical water infrastructure. STOP-IT stands for Strategic, Tactical, Operational Protection of water Infrastructure against cyber-physical Threats.

Integration of different solutions

At the project’s core is the prevention, detection, response and mitigation of relevant risks at strategic, tactical and operational levels. Various modular solutions (technologies, tools and guidelines) will be combined into a software platform.

STOP-IT solutions are based, on the one hand, on mature technologies which are improved by being combined and embedded and, on the other, on new technologies whose TRL (Technology Readiness Level) is increased.

Demonstration at water companies

The STOP-IT project will produce solutions that will be demonstrated at several water companies, including Aigües de Barcelona (ES), Berliner Wasserbetriebe (DE), MEKOROT (IL), Oslo VAV (NO) and KWR’s new shareholder, De Watergroep (BE), stimulating mutual learning, transfer and uptake.

Building on this solid basis, STOP-IT will deliver high impact through the creation of hands-on training, best practice guidelines, and support for certification and standardization. The project will also foster market opportunities for the developed solutions by leveraging the WSSTP’s multi-stakeholder network.


 The role of KWR

KWR’s responsibilities in STOP-IT are threefold:

  1. Lead work related to assessing and treating cyber-physical risks at strategic and tactical levels.
  2. Contribute to the development of future threat landscape scenarios.
  3. Support the development of a Community of Practice for Water Infrastructure Protection.