SAFERtec: Security Assurance Framework for nEtworked vehiculaR TEChnology.

Security Assurance FramEwoRk for neTworked vEhicular teChnology (SAFERtec) is a Horizon 2020 funded project.

Modern vehicles are becoming increasingly capable of establishing connectivity that allows the rich-information exchange between them and road infrastructure units. The so-called ‘connected-vehicles’ paradigm can bring-about an enormous potential towards safer transportation only if the involved security needs against a variety of ‘new’ threats are confidently satisfied.

The SAFERtec project seeks to in-depth explore the involved vulnerabilities of connected vehicles, apply innovative techniques for attack modeling, experimentally validate the quantification of security assurance levels and also contribute to relevant standards. With a total budget of 3.8 million Euros funded by the European Commission, 9 partners of industrial, SME and academic profile coming from 6 different countries join their expertise to contribute to the vision of introducing a security assurance framework tailored for future networked vehicular technology.

The area of Automotive technology is one of the most prominent to have experienced the trend of developing a plethora of (hardware and software) modules provided by numerous 3rd party entities and having them integrated into an ICT products of advanced functionality.

The emerging Connected Vehicles paradigm shift is expected to dramatically change the way drivers interact with their vehicle and improve significantly traffic safety and efficiency. While introducing new electronic systems, sensors, embedded devices, services, connectivity to the internet, navigation, safety and mobile applications a complex new eco-system is build including among others new vulnerabilities and risks.

Vehicle manufacturers (OEMs), infrastructure providers (cloud, telecom), third parties systems and component providers as well as application and service providers are facing immense challenges towards the design, development, implementation, integration and operation of highly connected ICT components, services and applications for Connected Vehicle systems. All these new possibilities increase the complexity and risk with potential fatal consequences if security, safety and privacy are not adequately addressed.

What is then of the utmost importance is to establish links of trust to foster innovation, societal acceptance and market uptake. Formal procedures for assuring and certifying products, systems and services adherent to relevant standards and practices, is one relevant key enabler. The SAFERtec concept is based on those key findings and thus aims to propose an Assurance Framework for enhancing trust by providing formal methods, processes, techniques and tools that will facilitate the assurance of security, safety and privacy.

SAFERtec will design an agile security assurance framework tailored for V2I Automotive settings and evaluate the results of its application relying both on careful comparison with current standardized frameworks, best practices and recommendations but also experimentation means. A Connected Vehicle System (i.e., vehicle connected with infrastructure) developed and integrated by the consortium partners will cover a wide range of the respective stakeholders (OEM, On board units, SW, application and service providers). SAFERtec will then incorporate the designed framework in a modular and extendable Assurance Framework Toolkit to provide estimations of security assurance levels for a range of automotive scenarios.

General Information:
  • Programme(s): H2020-EU.3.7. - Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
  • Programme(s): H2020-EU.2.1.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Topic: DS-01-2016 "Assurance and Certification for Trustworthy and Secure ICT systems, services and components"
  • Funding scheme: RIA – Research and Innovation Action
  • Start date: January 2017
  • End date: December 2019
  • Total cost: EUR 3 819 380
  • EU contribution: 3 819 380 EUR
  • Grant Agreement No 732319
  • Duration 36 Month
  • [Website:]
  • [Twitter: @safertec_eu]
  • [LinkedIn: safertec_eu]

Partners (Alphabetically) Summary
Airbus SE is a European corporation, registered in the Netherlands and trading shares in France, Germany and Spain. It designs, manufactures and sells civil and military aeronautical products worldwide and manufactures in multiple countries both inside and outside of the European Union.
Autotalks is a fabless semiconductor company devoted to vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications in autonomous driving. Founded in 2008, the company is privately held with strong financial backing from leading global venture capital funds. Company headquarters are in Israel with offices in North America, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan and Korea.
Commsignia Ltd. is specialized in the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) including Vehicle-To-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-To-Infrastructure (V2I) communication technologies. The founders include respected scientists who have been key contributors to the development of V2X technologies in the past decade, allowing Commsignia to become the fastest growing V2X solution provider on the market.
I-SENSE is one of the Research Groups of the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS). I-SENSE Group is very active in a number of Scientific and Research Areas with main Application Areas the Intelligent Transportation Systems, Virtual Environments, Assistive Technologies, Smart Integrated Systems - Sensors, Communication, Platforms.
For more than 20 years, Oppida has been providing expertise, evaluation and consulting services in the field of Information Systems Security (SSI) . These services are carried out for the benefit of administrations (Defense, Prime Minister's Office, Ministries) as well as private organizations (operators, banks, insurance companies, retailers, industries, SMEs, etc.).
SWARCO MIZAR is specialized in the design, development and implementation of advanced telematics systems. It has a strong reputation in Europe for its expertise in traffic management (e.g. the UTOPIA Urban Traffic Control system), public transport management (FLASH), traveller information services (the infomobility service platform MISTIC) and for OMNIA the “open platform designed to offer an easy and intuitive access to a wide range of ITS applications ".
SWARCO MIZAR is specialized in the design, development and implementation of advanced telematics systems. It has a strong reputation in Europe for its expertise in traffic management (e.g. the UTOPIA Urban Traffic Control system), public transport management (FLASH), traveller information services (the infomobility service platform MISTIC) and for OMNIA the “open platform designed to offer an easy and intuitive access to a wide range of ITS applications ".
University of Piraeus Research Center
The University of Piraeus is a prestigious institution in the area of Digital Systems, Technology and Finance. The Department of Digital Systems ( ) is the main driver and contributor to making the UPRC one of the fastest growing institutions in Greece in the national and international research arenas. Specifically, the department covers important areas of the widely and rapidly developing field of Digital Science and Technology. The department’s curricula and research cover the areas of broadband (wireless and optical) networks, digital / network services, as well as the techno-economical management and security of digital systems. In addition, the department consists of over twenty-five (25) faculty members and is very active, both internationally and nationally, in all the aforementioned areas.
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SAFERtec Project Deliverables

Deliverable NumberDeliverable NameDeliverable FileDissemination Level
D1.1Internal Website and Collaborative ToolPublic
D1.2Risk and Quality Procedures ManualPublic
D2.1Connected Vehicle Use Cases and High Level RequirementsPublic
D2.2Attack ModellingPublic
D2.3Vulnerability AnalysisPublic
D2.4Security Controls and Protection ProfilesPublic
D3.1Analysis of Existing Assurance Methodologies and ToolsPublic
D3.2Quantification of Trustworthiness Attributes and Definition of Assurance Levels of Connected VehiclePublic
D3.3Results of SAFERtec Assurance Framework TestingConfidential
D4.1Specifications of Connected Vehicle SystemPublic
D4.2Modules and Applications of Connected VehicleConfidential
D4.3Integration of Connected Vehicle SystemConfidential
D5.1Comparative Analysis of Assurance FrameworksPublic
D5.2Simulation Based Evaluation of SAFERtec Assurance FrameworkPublic
D5.3Extended Modules of the Connected Vehicle SystemPublic
D5.4Composite Evaluation of SAFERtec Assurance FrameworkPublic
D6.1Reference Architecture of the Assurance Framework ToolkitPublic
D6.2Implementation of Assurance Framework ToolkitPublic
D6.3Assurance Framework Toolkit Prototype [Video Demonstrator] [Documentation]
D7.1SAFERtec Dissemination and Exploitation PlanPublic
D7.2SAFERtec WebsitePublic
D7.3Roadmap Automotive Assurance Frameworks – Beyond V2IPublic
D7.4SAFERtec Standardization PlanPublic
D7.5Contribution, Extensions and/or Recommendation to StandardPublic