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Innovation Network on Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection (NET-SCIP)

 - 18/02/2010

Logo of the Portuguese Knowledge Society Agency (UMIC) Future Intert activities (IdF – Internet do Futuro, UMIC – Agência para a Sociedade do Conhecimento, IP) The Carnegie Mellon – Portugal Program hosts on February 22, 2010, at the University of Coimbra Auditorium, Coimbra, the Innovation Network on Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection (NET-SCIP). The goal of this event is to prepare the launching of a Thematic Network, joining together the expertise of Portuguese research centers, private companies and government agencies for developing in Portugal comparative advantages technologies and services for network security and critical infrastructures protection.

Within this event, it will be presented the plan for development of the CyLab Portugal as a consortium of universities and research units dedicated to innovation in network and information systems security.

The convergence of telecommunication networks, information systems and control technologies has become a reality. The internet is more and more the platform of choice for the many information flows that support critical infrastructures such as energy and fuel networks, supply chains for materials, water and food, transportation networks and healthcare systems, as well as many small, medium and large enterprises. At the same time sophisticated technologies based on sensor networks allow for the aggregation of physical data in real time with respect to spaces, equipment and people. Given the growing inter-dependence of all these systems, the impact of so call cyber-attacks is no longer secluded to information systems and is now a real threat both to the infrastructures and basic services on which we all depend in our everyday life.

Centered on scientific and technological advancement, NET-SCIP shall promote an inter-disciplinary approach by which experts from engineering, basic sciences, economy, design and psychology come together to create new knowledge and develop security solutions for all kinds of users and companies.

Network security and critical infrastructures protection are an essential component of Future Internet. Within the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technology development of the European Union (EU), an open call will be launched within the Future Internet initiative with a budget of 300 million euros. The Knowledge Society Agency (UMIC) integrates, through its President, the Future Internet Forum (FIF) established within the EU on May 12, 2009 (see Launching of the Future Internet Forum in Prague), which consists of representatives of Member States and Associates, and whose activities are focused on R&D and innovation policies to enable Member States and Associates to share good practices and experiences in this area, in order to overcome the fragmentation of efforts and to seek synergies across programs and initiatives funded at national and EU levels. The role and responsibilities of the Future Internet Forum (FIF) are complementary to other existing groups/committees, such as the National ICT Research Directors Forum, the i2010 High Level Group, the CIP-PCP Committee, the FP7 ICT Committee (ICTC), the IST Advisory Group (ISTAG), etc. (the representation of Portugal in the first three groups/committees is assured by the Knowledge Society Agency (UMIC) and in the first two of them the representative of Portugal is the President of UMIC). The FIF will seek to promote collaboration and exchange of information on a regular basis with those groups/committees. 

The topics of the Future Internet were extensively covered in the Science 2009 – Meeting with Science in Portugal: Topics of Future Internet Highlighted, as they had been in the Science 2008 – Meeting with Science in Portugal. 

The European Commission published on October 28, 2009 the Communication “A public-private partnership on the Future Internet”. On March 12, 2010, at Acropolis, Nice, France, an event open to build constituencies was organized under the name “The Future Internet Public-Private-Partnership: When smart technologies connect people”. Within the Spanish Presidency of the EU, a Future Internet Conference is planned for Valencia, Spain, on 15-16 April 2010. For more information see the European Commission website on the Internet and the European Future Internet Portal.

In the Innovation Forum on Future Internet Technologies and Services (NET-FIT) program that takes place in February 23, 2010, at Forum Telecom, Picoas, Lisbon, it is scheduled a presentation by a representative from the Directorate of Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures of the Directorate-General of Information Society and Media of the European Commission who was invited by the Knowledge Society Agency (UMIC) for providing direct information about the opening of the call which is planned for mid of this year for projects on the Future Internet Public-Private-Partnership, in order to promote the preparation of proposals with a strong Portuguese participation in this call.

The Thematic Network NET-SCIP will be based on the research projects and postgraduate training in progress under the Carnegie Mellon – Portugal Program. More than 100 researchers and 150 postgraduate students are currently involved in this program, which aims to continue attracting talented students and researchers from around the world to ensure the necessary critical mass and high impact contributions on science, technology and economic development.

The Carnegie Mellon – Portugal Program was initiated on October 27, 2007 under the action Partnerships for the Future which is part of the Portuguese Government initiative Commitment to Science for Portugal’s Future. The main areas of research and teaching of this program are precisely on Future Internet Technologies, namely Next Generation Networks (NGN) for high quality reliable services, cyber-physical systems for ambient intelligence, human-centric computation, technological change in ICT analysis and public policy.

For more information see: Carnegie Mellon – Portugal Program, Information and Communication Technologies Institute, ICTI,,, New R&D Institute Created in Madeira within the Carnegie Mellon – Portugal Program, 4th Meeting of the Governing Committee of the CMU – Portugal Programme  - 07/11/2008

Last updated ( 25/08/2011 )