Monday, November 10, 2014

ARGOS Project Presentation in CRITIS 2014 International Conference

CRITIS 2014 continues a well-established tradition of successful annual conferences. It aims at bringing together researchers and professionals from academia, industry and governmental organizations working in the field of the security of critical infrastructure systems.

Modern society relies on the availability and smooth operation of a variety of complex engineering systems. These systems are termed Critical Infrastructure Systems (CIS). Some of the most prominent examples of critical infrastructure systems are electric power systems, telecommunication networks, water distribution systems, transportation systems, wastewater and sanitation systems, financial and banking systems, food production and distribution, and oil/natural gas pipelines.
Our everyday life and well-being depend heavily on the reliable operation and efficient management of these critical infrastructures. The citizens expect that critical infrastructure systems will always be available and that, at the same time, they will be managed efficiently (i.e., they will have a low cost). Experience has shown that this is most often true. Nevertheless, critical infrastructure systems fail occasionally. Their failure may be due to natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes and floods), accidental failures (e.g., equipment failures, software bugs, and human errors), or malicious attacks (either direct or remote). When critical infrastructures fail, the consequences are tremendous. These consequences may be classified into societal, health, and economic.

Within this context, the proper nature of ARGOS Project along with its achievements’ conducted so far were presented into the side events and on one-on-one meetings of CRITIS Conference. The ARGOS Project attracted the interest of a large number of CRITIS participants and especially, the End Users community consisting of the representatives of Critical Infrastructures. End Users originating from the public and broader public sector, expressed their interest into following the developments of the ARGOS Project. The use of ARGOS technologies were commented as a very useful ones as the perimeter of the CIs are consisting the “first line of defence” for the establishment. The conference had a remarkable presence of International Researchers and distinguished local members of the Academia form the Cyprus Academic Institutions who approached the ARGOS Projects representatives and discussed with them several aspects of the project especially in the energy related CIs. 
The overall impact of the ARGOS Project objectives could be characterized as successful, as all interested parties and stakeholders promoted interest in following the Project’s developments through its  available sources of information, including the use of web 2.0 technologies (project blog, and social media presence). The representatives of ARGOS Project were proposed to consider the Project participation into the next year CRITIS Conference, in order to give the opportunity for a more detailed presentation of the ARGOS solution.

The 9th International CRITIS 2014 conference took place from Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th October 2014 at the Conferences Rooms “Grand Hall B” and “Grand Hall C” of the Hotel Grand Resort, Limassol, Cyprus. 

Participating Organizations:

•University of Cyprus
•European University Cyprus
•University of Applied Sciences Lucerne, Swiss
•University of Malaga, Spain
•City University London, UK
•University of the Aegean, Greece
•Technical Univ. Graz, Austria
•Gjøvik University College, Norway
•Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany
•TNO, The Netherlands
•Cyprus Water Development Department
•Hellenic Rescue Team
•Deltares, Netherlands
•Research Engineer Centre for Cyberspace Research , USA
•National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” , Greece
•Cyprus Police

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