ABOUT CYBER4DE

Rapid response to cyber-attacks is one of the main interests of European Defence as it strongly affects stability in Europe and outside Europe and wealth and safety of the society.

Launched under European Defence Industrial Development Programme in December 2021, the project “Cyber Rapid Response Toolbox for Defence Use” (CYBER4DE) takes on the challenge to develop an easily deployable, modular, and scalable cyber rapid response toolbox to manage cyber incidents in different complex national and international scenarios.

CYBER4DE stems from the needs of the project “Cyber Rapid Response Teams and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security” under the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) framework, which seeks to ensure a higher level of cyber resilience and collective response to cyber incidents among the Union.

CYBER4DE aims to enhance processes and practices of Cyber Rapid Response Teams (CRRTs) for a faster uptake of the new tools and for increased effectiveness in the operating domain. Although fast forming CRRTs initiatives may provide necessary response to the emerging cyber threats, these teams can only operate in common enterprise environments, have limited capabilities for specialized systems, or are dedicated to working only in organizations’ internal networks.

The CYBER4DE project is supported by the Ministries of Defence of Lithuania, Estonia, France, Poland, and Romania. In terms of building requirements for the project, providing support during the production phase and finally accepting the cyber toolbox, the project management is led by the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania.

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OBJECTIVES

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To create a new generation of mobile modular cyber toolbox to be used by CRRTs suitable for different complex scenarios in military, governmental and critical infrastructure environments.
A toolbox designed to work in different complex scenarios relevant for the contributing Stakeholders will be created and passed for testing.

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To review and improve advanced team operating models that enable collaborative distributed activity, critically necessary to contain or manage large scale attacks enabling mission assurance.
Study of the existing and advanced operating models will be performed, recommendations to the operating models, including operation of the toolbox will be created.

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To increase competence and efficiency of CRRT including operation of specific tools.
Training package for no less than 120 hours will be created during the project.

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To test the toolbox in relevant circumstances.
All level testing of the toolbox will be conducted.

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To support cooperation and standardization of cyber response tools among Member States.
Toolbox will be created based on requirements and specifications of no less than 3 Member States.

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To develop a fully functioning, ready to use toolbox.
Table-Top Exercises on the operational environment and toolbox qualification exercises with CRRTs.

IMPACT

During the project lifetime, CYBER4DE is targeting the creation of tools and processes for large-scale multi-site cyber incident handling which will also bring long term impact.

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STRATEGIC:

Increase of cyber defence capabilities has been identified as one of explicit goals in EU Capability Development priorities (2018). CYBER4DE will contribute to that, also to the digital autonomy and sovereignty of the Union, creating security of supply, technological independence of the Union from third-country technologies and suppliers.

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OPERATIONAL:

CYBER4DE shall enable interoperability of teams, easy deployment of tools, and ability to react in various scenarios and environments from governmental and critical infrastructures to military platforms enabling mutual international assistance in cyber incidents as fast as in 72 hours.

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ECONOMIC:

CYBER4DE project will have a direct impact on employment, turnover and investments in the EDTIB through allowing national companies to strengthen their collaboration with national Ministry of Defence. Implementation of state-of-the-art technologies will also contribute to the competitiveness of European technology market which could also spin-off to other defence and security applications.

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SOCIETAL:

Rapid response to cyber-attacks is one of the main interests of European Defence as it strongly affects stability in Europe and outside Europe and wealth and safety of the society.