GHOST envisions a transparent cybersecurity environment for all Europeans living in a connected world. The aim of the project is to raise awareness and understanding of consumers in regards cybersecurity risks and enable them to make informative decisions affecting their cyber-physical security and privacy.

The mission of GHOST is to deliver the first generation of disruptive software-enabled usable security network solutions for smart-home occupants. GHOST technology increases the level and the effectiveness of automation of existing cybersecurity services, enhances system self-defence and opens up the cybersecurity ‘blackbox’ to consumers. The project builds trust using advanced usable transparency tools derived from end-users’ mental models. GHOST software is embedded in home network gateways and performs network analysis and deep packet inspections for suspicious pattern recognition.
Technically, to achieve the above GHOST:
  • applies machine learning and data analytics for malicious behaviour detection,
  • carries out context-aware real-time risk assessment,
  • applies data analytics and visualization for effortless user comprehension and decision support,
  • strengthens security defence through blockchain technology and smart contracts, and
  • ensures interoperability with various gateways and a wealth of IoT devices through a dedicated middleware layer.

Impact

GHOST builds end-users trust in IoT devices and IoT-enabled applications and services in smart home environments. To do so it removes three major challenges related to cyber security:

  • limited consumer awareness and lack of understanding on cyber-security/ privacy issues and processes,

  • low usability and underperforming (in terms of effectiveness) cybersecurity solutions (for IoT); and

  • vulnerability of current cybersecurity solutions.

To this end, the GHOST solution applies a cyber security reference architecture that stimulates security-friendly user behaviour, while it also employs extensive automation, along with technology-driven mechanisms for increased resilience. The project brings professional level security to consumers.

Partners

TELEVES SA (Spain)

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE (Switzerland)

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS (Greece)

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU (Norway)





IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE (United Kingdom)

EXUS SOFTWARE LTD (United Kingdom)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DARMSTADT (Germany)



THINGSMAZE AS (Norway)

CRUZ ROJA ESPANOLA (Spain)

OBRELA SECURITY INDUSTRIES - YPIRESEIES ASFALEIAS PLIROFORION ANONYMOS ETAIREIA (Greece)

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