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pSHIELD is a pilot project co-funded by the ARTEMIS JOINT UNDERTAKING (Sub-programme SP6) focused on the research of SPD (Security, Privacy, Dependability) in the context of Embedded Systems.
The SHIELD consortium proposes a pilot project (pSHIELD) which is a reduced R&D project addressing the core concepts of SHIELD, participated by the core/key partners and extended to a new group of partners coming from Norway and Portugal.
The pilot is foreseen to be a pioneer investigation to be enhanced with R&D activities that will be proposed in the future ARTEMIS Calls.
pSHIELD wants to investigate and validate a reduced but still consistent and coherent set of innovative concepts behind the SHIELD project, in a restricted scenario with a rearranged consortium tailored on the pilot’s scope.
In the following the original SHIELD abstract is reported, quoting the most relevant parts that will be covered by the pilot
|The SHIELD project aims at addressing Security, Privacy and Dependability (SPD) in the context of Embedded Systems (ESs) as “built in” rather than as “add-on” functionalities, proposing and perceiving with this strategy the first step toward SPD certification for future ES.
The leading concept is to demonstrate composability of SPD technologies. Starting from current SPD solutions in ESs, the project will develop new technologies and consolidate the available ones in a solid basement that will become the reference milestone for a new generation of “SPD-ready” ESs. SHIELD will approach SPD at 4 different levels: node, network, middleware and overlay. For each level, the state of the art in SPD of single technologies and solutions will be improved and integrated (hardware and communication technologies, cryptography, middleware, smart SPD applications, etc.). The SPD technologies will be enhanced with composable functionality, in order to fit in the SHIELD architectural framework.
The composability of SHIELD architectural framework will have great impact on the system design costs and time to market of new SPD solutions in ESs. At the same time, the integrated use of SPD metrics in the SHIELD framework will have impact on the development cycles of SPD in ESs because the qualification, (re-)certification and (re-)validation process of a SHIELD framework instance will be faster, easier and widely accepted.
The use of an overlay approach to SPD and the introduction of semantic technologies address the complexity associated with the design, development and deployment of built-in SPD in ESs. Using semantics, the available technologies can be automatically composed to match the needed, application specific SPD levels, resulting also in an effort reduction during all the design, operational and maintaining phases. The SHIELD approach is based on modularity and expandability, and can be adopted to bring built-in SPD solutions in all the strategic sector of ARTEMIS, such as transportation, communication, health, energy and manufacturing.
To achieve these challenging goals the project aims to create an innovative, modular, composable, expandable and high-dependable architectural framework, concrete tools and common SPD metrics capable of improving the overall SPD level in any specific application domain, with minimum engineering effort. The whole ESs lifecycle will be supported to provide the highest cross-layer and cross-domain levels of SPD and guaranteeing their maintenance and evolution in time.
In order to verify these important achievements, the project will validate the SHIELD integrated system by means of an application scenario: monitoring of freight trains transporting hazardous material.
The project will have a great impact on the SPD market of the ESs. By addressing the reusability of previous designed solutions, the interoperability of advanced SPD technologies and the standardized SPD certificability, it is possible to estimate an overall 30% cost reduction for a full SHIELD oriented design methodology.
To fulfill these challenging goals a European consortium has been setup accounting major industries in the field of SPD in ESs. The high involvement of specialized SMEs, skilled universities and research centers makes the research complete the team in order to make SHIELD a successful project.
The pSHIELD project will be focused on:
1 Demonstrate composability: The main novelty is the composability of SPD functionality at different layers among different technologies. The mechanism behind the composability could be investigated as well in this pilot project, at least limited to the design level.
2 New technologies: A sub-set of the previous SHIELD technologies will be used to be the very first significant example of SPD composability.
3 Modularity and expandability: As well as SHIELD, pSHIELD will maintain the same features, by preserving the work breakdown structure proposed in SHIELD.
4 Innovative, modular, composable, expandable and high-dependable architectural framework: the pilot project will be in charge of designing the core of this architectural framework, thus leaving to a future project its refinement and development
5 Metrics: metrics are the other novelty in the SHIELD project. They can be investigated in the pSHIELD project and used to validate the first basic functionalities of the framework.
6 Validate the SHIELD integrated system in one application scenario: the pilot project will validate the architectural framework by means of a reduced number of use case.