The project partners have created a software environment in which companies in the maritime supply chain can carry out a self-test of the hardware and software assets they use. This solution provides all companies and organisations in the maritime supply chain an easy-to-use, and, at the same time, effective risk management system that enables them to achieve timely detection of cyber threats.
MITIGATE introduced, integrated and validated a novel dynamic risk management framework, which significantly enhanced state-of-the-art approaches (at national and international level) in the direction of addressing maritime supply chain security processes and their cascading effects.
Build on a collaborative evidence based approach
MITIGATE was built on a collaborative evidence based approach, which facilitated the production of simulated scenarios and security assurance models. The latter enabled the credible estimation of risk factors and their inherent risk, as well as threats, vulnerability and controlled risks, thereby enabling the calculation of residual risk. The later reflected the risk factors following the applications of contingency measures indicated as part of conventional sector specific and national approaches.
Implementation and validation
MITIGATE was implemented and validated in the scope of port security and associated maritime contexts. The validation has had a transnational character and directly involved five prominent EU ports, thereby boosting the harmonisation of national approaches to the security of maritime supply chains. The project also produced a range of best practices and guidelines for the adaptation of the approach in other contexts and critical infrastructures.
Inclusion of governance toolkit
MITIGATE includes a governance toolkit, which deals with the adaptation of the project’s system across different ports and maritime settings. As part of this toolkit, the project considers the implication of legislation in the modelling, assessment and evaluation of risks. Note also that MITIGATE will empower collaborative, evidence-based and iterative risk assessment processes, during which stakeholders will be able to identify gaps and challenges associated with the applicable legal frameworks.
The identification of these gaps could later lead to suggested changes in the legal framework, which is also reflected in the best practices and guidelines to be produced in the project and contributed to the NIS public-private platform. Note that the MITIGATE pilots across five EU ports has facilitated the identification of legal gaps for security in maritime supply chains, as well as their remedy.
MITIGATE at national and European events
The MITIGATE tool was presented at international fairs, scientific conferences, workshops and numerous other technical and business meetings. These included the transport logistics 2017 in Munch, the ARES-Conference 2017 in Reggio Calabria and at the Security and Safety at the EU ports 2018 Conferenc ein Piraeus.