Dear Reader, welcome to the second newsletter of the SDN-microSENSE project, an EU Funded Innovation Project. This second edition provides you a progress update of the project and information about the latest news and events. We hope you will find the content of this newsletter interesting, your comments and suggestions are always appreciated.

Progress update

The project SDN-MicroSENSE has experienced a continuous progress despite all the disadvantages that have arisen during the year 2020. The project has had a lot of challenges, but the partners are dealing with them diligently. The architecture has been defined and the deliverables related with the risks assessment framework submitted.  During the first 6month of the project four deliverables of the management’s work package were submitted: Project management handbook, Project Quality provisioning and risks management manual, the technical plan and the data management plan.  All the ethics deliverables have been also submitted during those months except for D10.3 and D10.9 which needed of the definition of the pilots to be completed. During these first months also the webpage of the project and different social network pages were created to start with the dissemination activities.  Following the timeline to the month 18 the dissemination, exploitation and publicity plan, an initial impact creation and market analysis, roadmap and business modelling reports were submitted. Furthermore, the deliverables “SDN-microSENSE Architecture, Pilot Preparation and Security & Privacy Requirements” except the definition of the pilots. In this regard, the project has had difficulties to prepare all the information of the pilots’ definitions as its level the dissemination is marked as Restreint UE. The most stringent laws are the Spanish ones which required to establish a Security room, Security officer and a series of Security documentation that should be presented to the National Security Agency.  Regardless the aforementioned, the project has had to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and all the different actions taken by the 11 countries in which the consortium is composed.   Nevertheless, the consortium took all the actions required to cope diligently with the disadvantages that those external events have caused.

News and Events

Energyshield, Phoenix and SDN-MicroSENSE Workshop

SDN-MicroSENSE has had the opportunity to participate in a workshop with the projects Phoenix and Energyshield held the 23rd of July remotely. This event was initiated by SIMAVI and NTUA to bridge communication between all 3 projects funded under SU-DS04-2018-2020 call. The aim of this workshop was to introduce the projects, identify similarities and explore collaboration opportunities from both technical and dissemination perspectives. EnergyShield, PHOENIX and SDN micro-SENSE projects were introduced by leading partners in terms of objectives, consortium, technical challenges and next coming activities. At the end of the meeting there was a timeslot for discussions and a series of action points were established to continue the collaboration among the projects.

The European Project Radar participation

The SDN-MicroSENSE project has been included in the European Project Radar based on the well-known "Technology Radar" methodology developed and open-sourced by ThoughtWorks. This initiative promoted by the Cyberwatching.eu project uses a number of underpinning information sources to visualise the state of the art of these projects as a means to maintain oversight of the larger European Cybersecurity research landscape. It allows the user to answer the question whether and where to invest themselves in the outputs of a project or not – the Radar's primary value proposition therefore is that of saving the user time and money by processing and analysing detailed landscape data for them.
More information about the initiative and the projects participating such as SDN-MicroSENSE can be found in their webpage

Biannual Meeting

On the 7th and 8th of October 2020, the SDN-MicroSENSE project had its 18M meeting. The meeting was planned to take place in Trondheim, Norway. However, due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus, and according to instructions by multiple Governments as well as the responsible health national authorities, the decision was made to hold it remotely via a teleconference. All partners participated actively presenting recent updates on work done during the first 18 months.
M18 Bi-annual meeting group photo

EPES and smart grids: practical tools and methods to fight against cyber and privacy attacks

The European Commission adopted in April 2019 a sector-specific guidance that identifies the main actions required to preserve cybersecurity and be prepared for possible cyberattacks in the energy sector, taking into account the characteristics of the sector such as the real-time requirements, the risk of cascading effects and the combination of legacy systems with new technologies. SDN-MicroSENSE has participated in collaboration with EnergySHIELD, SealedGRID and DEFeND in this webinar in order to present their solutions to protect EPES and Smart Grids against cyber-threats and preserve consumers' privacy.

Dissemination of the project in different event’s websites and communities

The COVID19 situation has changed the way in which the economy is working. The project has dealt with all the restrictions and limitations imposed by the different governments as a reaction to the Coronavirus pandemic.  In order to adapt the project to this situation SDN-MicroSENSE has contacted different events and projects to adapt the dissemination activities to the actual situation. In this regard, the project SDN-MicroSENSE has been included in two different initiatives to find new synergies and interactions with other project and to ensure that SDN-microSENSE will generate as much value as possible. The EU projects zone of Enlit Europe is one of the communities that the project SDN-MicroSENSE has joined to stay connected. Furthermore, the Project is also visible in the EU Projects Marketplace in their Content & Networking Platform (in Swapcard), which hosts the conversations crucial to the energy transition and is the right place for you to interact with your peers and find your next business partners. To conclude, SDN-MicroSENSE has created a mini-site in the website of cyberwatching trying to find synergies and interactions with projects related to the cybersecurity field.
The paper entitled 'The Challenges of Privacy and Access Control as Key Perspectives for the Future Electric Smart Grid', authored by Anna Triantafyllou, Jose Antonio Perez Jimenez, Alejandro del Real Torres, Thomas Lagkas, Konstantinos Rantos, and Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, was accepted for publication in the prestigious IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society. The paper presents a comprehensive overview of the latest privacy-preserving mechanisms and policies in the Electric Smart Grid (ESG), while promoting the employment of modern access control techniques towards preventing personal data disclosure, affecting both utility companies and consumers. Efficient categorization is provided regarding the proposed privacy preserving methods and characteristics, while focus is also given on the use of the Blockchain technology and the Multi Authority Access Control paradigm in the ESG infrastructure. The study concludes with a discussion upon privacy and access control challenges, as well as future work concerning the ESG.
Upcoming events and collaborations:

Phoenix and SDN microSENSE workshop
February 2021
Biannual meeting M24
April 2021

About SDN-microSENSE

SDN-microSENSE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 833955. The information contained in this newsletter reflects only the authors’ view. EC is not responsible for any use that may be made of this information. SDN-microSENSE website
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