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Assessing, Measuring, and Benchmarking Resilience (AMBER)
Start date: Jan 1, 2008, End date: Dec 31, 2009 PROJECT  FINISHED 

AMBER aims to coordinate the study of resilience measuring and benchmarking in computer systems and components, fostering European research in order to address the big challenges on resilience assessment posed by current and forthcoming computer systems and computer-based infrastructures. The AMBER Coordination Action directly addresses the IST strategic objective 1.4 – Secure, dependable and Trusted Infrastructures, as it is of utmost importance to assess the resilience of these networks and information infrastructures to achieve the necessary trustworthiness. AMBER will bring together leading research teams on assessment, measurement, and benchmarking of resilience in computer systems in order to coordinate the effort of defining metrics and benchmarks for comparative evaluation of the resilience of computer systems and components. The consortium includes six university partners (Coimbra, Budapest, City, Chalmers, Florence, and Newcastle) from five EU countries, which constitute core research groups on resilience assessment, and relies on a large and representative Advisory Board that constitutes the necessary link between the coordination action and the influential parties in industry and government, thus ensuring that the views of major stake-holders are being taken into account by the AMBER Consortium. The two-years AMBER Coordination Action has the following main goals:• build consensus on common understanding, methodologies and practices for resilience assessment;• integrate and coordinate European research and practice on resilience assessment;• establish a resilience assessment and benchmarking research forum through AMBER web portal and build and maintain a repository to analyse and share resilience measurement data;• define a research agenda on the key topics for enhancing and advancing European research and industry on assessing resilience and benchmarking resiliency of systems and infrastructures.

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