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European network for the Security of Control and Real-Time Systems (ESCoRTS)
Start date: Jun 16, 2008, End date: Dec 15, 2010 PROJECT  FINISHED 

ESCoRTS is a joint endeavour among EU process industries, utilities, leading manufacturers of control equipment and research institutes, under the lead of CEN, to foster progress towards cyber security of control and communication equipment in Europe. ESCoRTS will be intersectoral, embracing the following industrial fields: power, gas, oil, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing. Key objectives of ESCoRTS include: 1. Developing a common understanding of industrial needs and requirements regarding the security of control systems and the related standardisation, accompanied by a raising awareness programme reaching all stakeholders. 2. Identifying and disseminating best practice, possibly in a joint endeavour between manufacturers and end users, resulting in a joint capability and technology taxonomy of security solutions. 3. Stimulating convergence of current standardisation efforts. Liaising with international efforts and especially with the US Process Control Forum. 4. Developing a strategic R&T and standardisation roadmap 5. Developing and deploying a secure ICT platform for the exchange of relevant data among the stakeholders. 6. Developing requirements for appropriate test platforms for the security of process control equipment and applications. 7. Setting the basis for a pan–European training program for specialized personnel and managers, like process operators, IT specialists, plant and security managers.

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