Critical Information Infrastrucutre Protection (CIIP)

Critical Infrastructures are becoming increasingly under threat with discovery of new cyber attacks a regular occurance.

HW Communications plays a key role in understanding evolvling threats to the Critical Information Infrastructures which underpin our critical services such as:

  • Energy electricity and gas generation, transmission and distribution;
  • Telecommunication networks;
  • Water supply 
  • Food production and distribution;
  • Public health (hospitals, ambulances);
  • Transportation systems 

HW Commuications offers technical leadership within EC FP7 project NI2S3, which has the following key outputs :

  • Critical Architecture Framework (CrAF)
    • A reference methodology for the management of the CIIP lifecycle, comprising learnings from military Network Enabled Capability doctrine. Industry standard Information Assurance and busines process methologies for complex systems of systems.
  • Novel Vulnerability Assessment technqiues
    • A novel set of extensible tools which can be used to author and perform vulnerability assessment on devices and software components comprising a broad range of communication interface protocols. SCADA and WS-* protocols are currently supported

HW Communications is a partner in EC FP7 project DLC-VIT4IP, which has the following key outputs :

  • To develop a high-speed narrow-band powerline communications infrastructure using the Internet Protocol (IPv6)
  • To test the new technology using both Medium Voltage and Low Voltage Power Networks

HW Communications provides key technological input in the following areas :

  • Communication layers and service access point design
  • IPv6 Convergence layer and RoHC header compression
  • RoHC Header compression supporting IPSec
  • End to End - Application to Application - Node to Node - Quality of Service (QoS)