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, World Trade Center,7A,  2019-11-28, 9:00-16:00

Workshop description 

Critical infrastructure, such as the power grid, the traffic network, healthcare, telecommunications, and water supply, are vital for keeping the society striving. The Second Joint ISF Workshop presents two Swedish projects funded by the Internal Security Funds (ISF) that are investigating methods to better protect Swedish critical infrastructures in a complementary way. In 2019, the focus is on project results and on getting into a conversation with critical infrastructure operators on possible ways to use these results to strengthen the infrastructure.

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 centers around the dependencies between several critical infrastructures, such as the communications network, the power grid, and the railway system, and their implications for cross-sector risk management of these systems and the potential effects on society at large. 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 25th by expressing your interest to, subject line: “Joint ISF-Workshop 2019”

Please include information about special food requirements (vegetarian,...) in the registration mail.Further information, in particular the program of the workshop, will be  made available via the website 

Welcome to the workshop in Stockholm!

Jianguo Ding, University of Skövde

Jonas Johansson, University of Lund

Preliminary Program

8:30: Registration

9: 00-9: 20: Welcome and introduction

9: 20-9: 40: Invited presentation: Jan-Olof Olsson  (MSB)

9: 40-10: 00: Invited presentation: Ola Ivarsson (E.ON)

10: 00-10: 30: Coffee break

10: 30-10: 50: ELVIRA Results

10: 50-11: 30: ELVIRA Prototype 

11: 30-12: 00: Future plans; discussion 

12: 00-13: 00 Lunch

13: 00-14: 00 ISF CENCIP Results

14: 00-15: 30 CENCIP Workshop

14: 30-14: 45 Coffee break

15: 30-16: 00 Summary & General discussion

16:00: Mingle


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Financed by: The European Union - The Internal Security Fund

Project leader


29/10/2019: [Award] Yuning Jiang, Elvira PhD student, awarded Best Young Researcher Award at 14th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security, Linköping, Sweden. 

29/10/2019: [Publication] "A Semantic Framework With Humans in the Loop for Vulnerability-Assessment in Cyber-Physical Production Systems", CRISIS2019, 14th International Conference on Risks and Security of Internet and Systems, Hammamet, Tunisia.

23/09/2019: [Publication] "Automatic Vulnerability Analysis for Cyber-Physical System", CRITIS2019, 14th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security, Linköping, Sweden. 

03/06/2019: [Publication] "Dynamic and Automatic Vulnerability Assessment for Cyber-Physical System", SWITS, Swedish IT Security Network Seminars, Karlstad, Sweden.

28/11/2018:[Publication] "Multi-Level Vulnerability Modeling of Cyber-Physical Systems", The 23rd Nordic Conference on Secure IT Systems, Oslo, Norway.

19/10/2018: [Publication] "A Language and Repository for Cyber Security of Smart Grids", 22nd IEEE Enterprise Computing Conference", Stockhom, Sweden.

16/10/2018: [Workshop] Second Elvira Joint Workshop on "Protection of Critical Infrastructures" held in Stockholm

01/09/2018: [Technical Report] "Cyber-threat Analysis", Technical report for Work-Package 4.3 of ELVIRA project on "Techniques and Algorithms".

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 4.1 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