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Prof. Antonello Monti, Ph.D.
Faculty / Institution:
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Societal Challenges
Project duration:
01.05.2017 to 30.04.2020
EU contribution:
6.970.837,50 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 740898.  


Defending the European Energy Infrastructures


Critical Energy infrastructures (CEI) protection and security are becoming of utmost importance in our everyday life. However, cyber and system-theoretic approaches fail to provide appropriate security levels to CEIs, since they are often used in isolation and build on incomplete attack models, resulting in silos-like security management fragmented operational policies. To face these challenges, DEFENDER will (i) model CEIs as distributed Cyber-Physical Systems for managing the potential reciprocal effects of cyber and physical threats (ii) deploy a novel security governance model, which leverages on lifecycle assessment for cost-effective security management over the time (iii) bring people at centre stage by empowering them as virtual sensors for threat detection, as first level emergency responders to attacks, or by considering workforce as potential threats.


  • Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A., Italy (Coordinator)
  • Thales SA, France
  • SingularLogic, Greece
  • Siemens S.r.l., Romania
  • Ineo Energy & Systems, France
  • Studio Tecnico BFP S.r.l., Italy
  • ELES d.o.o. sistemski operater prenosnega elektroenergetskega omrezja, Slovenia
  • ASM Terni S.p.A., Italy
  • Ministero dell’Interno, Italy
  • Dr. Frucht Systems Ltd., Israel
  • Venaka Media Limited, United Kingdom
  • Power Operations Limited, United Kingdom
  • E-Lex Studio Legale, Italy
  • Institut za korporativne varnostne študije, Slovenia
  • Technological Educational Institute of Sterea Ellada, Greece
  • Uninova – Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias, Portugal
  • Institut Jozef Stefan, Slovenia