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