New solutions to safeguard communication networks

New solutions to safeguard communication networks

A European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)-funded network of researchers is developing innovative solutions to strengthen Europe’s communication systems.

The solutions also aim to increase the systems resilience to terrorist attacks, natural disasters and hardware or software failures.

Academics and industry experts in collaboration with governmental bodies are addressing the risks of network failure. They aim to introduce innovative methods to defend existing and future communication networks against disruptions, as well as supply operators and providers with recommendations on how to design and update networks.

The research is being co-ordinated through the COST Action ‘Resilient Communication Services Protecting End-user Applications from Disaster-based Failures’ (RECODIS).

The aim is to establish new techniques for risk management, anomaly detection and remediation mechanisms across a variety of applications including utility networks and cloud-based systems.

RECODIS vice chair Professor David Hutchison, said: “RECODIS will further advance the understanding and development of resilience techniques that can be built into future communication networks and the systems and applications that they so critically serve.

“By anticipating, planning, and coping with disasters, resilient systems can help make society more secure and much safer.”

“COST funding provides for people-networking across the Action, including plenary meetings a few times each year, but also – this is very important – for the exchange of researchers between institutions and organisations in short-term scientific missions.”

RECODIS builds on EU projects such as SECCRIT, SPARKS, and HyRiM.

Resilience principles and mechanisms that underlie this work were previously investigated in the EU ResumeNet project.