Infrastructure Resilience - ELVIRA

The Elvira project develops time-based infrastructure dependency analysis for the power-grid to model risk assessment and resilience index, which assist decision makers in anticipating failures and their cascading effects.

Project description

Joint ISF Workshop on

Protection of Critical Infrastructures

Stockholm, 7A Centralen, Vasagatan 7, 2018-10-16, 9:00-16:00

Workshop description 

Critical infrastructure such as the power grid, the traffic network, healthcare, water supply and others are vital for keeping the society striving. The Joint ISF Workshop presents and discusses intermediate results from two Swedish projects funded by the Internal Security Funds (ISF). Both projects investigate methods to better protect Swedish critical infrastructures in a complementary way: 

ELVIRA: This project investigates methods to forecast cascading effects of cyber attacks on the Swedish power grid. A combined model of the IT and power grid components is developed from which simulation models are derived to assess the vulnerability of the power grid. The project is carried out by the University of Skövde and Combitech AB.

CENCIP ISF: This project investigates the dependencies between several critical infrastructures such as the communications network and the power grid and how disruptions have an effect on the well-being of the society. This project is carried out by the University of Lund.

Hence, CENCIP ISF and ELVIRA are complementing each other. ELVIRA focusses on a single (but complex) critical infrastructure upon which many other infrastructures depend upon. CENCIP ISF has a comprehensive view and assess the effects of disruptions in certain critical infrastructure on the society.

Together, the projects create a knowledge base on how to protect critical infrastructures against attacks or natural threats. This knowledge is made available to decision makers and to operators of critical infrastructures. This workshop is part of our effort to pass on the knowledge gained so far. You also have the opportunity to assess our project results and provide guidance on where we should put invest our efforts in order to provide solutions relevant to your infrastructure protection needs.

Participation of infrastructure domain experts to this workshop is free but requires a registration. The number of seats is limited, so we ask you to  register no later than October 1st by expressing your interest to, subject line: “Joint ISF-Workshop 2018”

Please include information about special food requirements (vegetarian,...) in the registration mail.

Further information about  the workshop is made available via our website

Presentation Highlights 

Assessing the vulnerability of power grids to cyber attacks

This talk introduces the goals of the EU ISF project ELVIRA on protecting critical infrastructure. The project started in March 2017 and aims at the development of methods and tools to analyze cascading effects of cyber attacks in the Swedish power grid. We shall demonstrate partial prototypes for modeling smart power grids and for simulating the effects of cyber attacks on them.

“CENCIP presentation”


“CENCIP invited talk”


“State of the art protection of power grid components”


 Program (preliminary)

8:30 - 9:00 Registration

ELVIRA Project

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome

9:15 - 10:00 ELVIRA Presentation (Threat Modeling, Simulator, Taxonomy)

10:00 - 10:15 Coffee

10:15 - 11:00: Invited talk N.N.

11:00 - 12:00 Discussion: New challenges for cyber security in power grids

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch 


13:15 - 14:00 LUND Presentation

14:00 - 14:45 Invited talk N.N.

14:45 - 15:00: Coffee

15:00 - 15:45 Final discussion

15:45 - 16:00 Summary

16:00 - 17:00 Informal chats (”Mingle”)


Welcome to the workshop in Stockholm!

Jianguo Ding, University of Skövde, Sweden

Jonas Johansson, University of Lund, Sweden

EU flagga

Financed by: The European Union - The Internal Security Fund

Project leader


19/06/2018: [Workshop] 2nd Elvira Workshop annoouced! 

23/03/2018: [Technical Report] "Multi-agent Systems for Power Grid Monitoring", Technical report for Work-Package 4 of ELVIRA project on "Techniques and Algorithms".

23/03/2018: [Technical Report] "Complex Dependencies Analysis: Technical Description of Complex Dependencies in Critical Infrastructures", Technical report for Work-Package 2 of ELVIRA project on "Modeling".

21/01/2018: [Technical Report] "Taxonomy of Events and Components in the Power Grid: Technical description", Technical report for Work-Package 3 of ELVIRA project on "Data collection and analysis". 

19/05/2017: [Publication] "Cyber-Threat Intelligence Architecture for Smart-Grid Critical Infrastructures Protection” , Poster presented at the 2017 International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security (CRITIS 2017), in Lucca, Italy. 

21/06/2017: [Workshop] 1st Elvira Workshop annoouced! 

05/06/2017: [Publication] "CPS-based Threat Modeling for Critical Infrastructure Protection",  ACM SIGMETRICS Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Network Security, CINS 2017: Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA. 

16/03/2017: [Forum] ELVIRA members participate in the  EU "Cascading Effects Conference" in Brussels, Belgium. 

The project in short

Full-name of the project:
Threat modeling and resilience of critical infrastructures

March 2017 to February 2020

Funded by:
The European Union - The Internal Security Fund

Project partner: 
Combitech AB

Participating researchers:

Jianguo Ding, Senior Lecturer in Informatics

Yacine Atif, Associate Professor in Informatics

Manfred Jeusfeld, Senior Lecturer in Informatics

Birgitta Lindström, Senior Lecturer in Informatics

Sten F. Andler, Professor in Informatics

Yuning Jiang, Ph.D. Student

Tina Lindgren, Security Expert, Combitech AB 

Daniel Haglund, Security Expert, Combitech AB 

Björn Lindström, Security Expert, Combitech AB

Christoffer Brax, Systems Engineer, Combitech AB

Eva Nero, Software Engineer, Combitech AB 

Thomas Svensson, Software Engineer, Combitech AB