For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and microenterprises, going digital is important for business growth. But it also presents the risk of cybersecurity attacks. The EU-funded PUZZLE project is developing cybersecurity tools to enable even the smallest enterprises to monitor, forecast, assess and manage their cyber risks. Specifically, the project will track the relationships amongst the cyber assets of each small and microenterprise. It will also consider the available network and compute and storage infrastructures and use them to efficiently calculate individual, cumulative and propagated risks, as well as recommend and apply mitigation actions. The project’s goal is to design solutions that can be easily on-boarded by external cybersecurity providers and seamlessly adopted by end users.
PUZZLE will implement a highly usable cybersecurity, privacy and data protection management marketplace targeted at SMEs&MEs that enables them to monitor, forecast, assess and manage their cyber risks through targeted cybersecurity services, increase their cybersecurity awareness through the efficient heterogeneous information processing, the establishment of knowledge sharing with other SMEs&MEs and extract insights based on advanced analytics. The PUZZLE will track the relationships among the cyber assets of each SME&ME, considering the available network, compute and storage infrastructure and use them to efficiently calculate individual, cumulative and propagated risks, as well as recommend and apply mitigation actions. The PUZZLE will support vulnerabilities and threats assessment in a collaborative manner based on the homogenization of data provided by the SMEs&MEs.
Data will be collected by resource handling and monitoring agents applied over Cloud/Edge Computing, IoT and network infrastructure. Such data will be enriched with data provided in relevant open repositories. SMEs&MEs data sharing will take place through blockchain-based technologies for secure data management. Based on the calculated risks and the provided graph topology, the application of resilient defensive strategies will be recommended, considering the type of infrastructure used by the SME&ME. Automated defensive strategies deployment mechanisms are also going to be made available, reducing a lot the complexity and the burden for the deployment of the provided services by cybersecurity managers in SMEs&MEs. Special emphasis will be given on the usability and the rise of competitiveness of the PUZZLE Marketplace, by designing solutions that can be easily on-boarded by external cybersecurity providers and can be seamlessly adopted by the end-users taking into account their preferences. The provided services will be made accessible through the SMEs&MEs Dashboard that will be developed.
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