NORCICS's vision is to contribute to making Norway the most securely digitalized country in the world, by improving the cyber security and resilience of its critical sectors, through supporting research-based innovation. The primary research objective of NORCICS is to develop innovative cyber-security solutions to address the needs of a highly dynamic ecosystem of socio-technical cyber-physical systems in critical sectors. In this way, NORCICS will contribute to the achievement of the strategic goals of the National Cybersecurity Strategy.
NORCICS follows a holistic, comprehensive and systemic research approach addressing people, processes and technology to protect critical sectors throughout the cybersecurity core functions (identify, protect, detect, respond, recover). In NORCICS, research on cybersecurity technologies will result in methods and tools, re-usable across different infrastructures, which cover a wide variety of concepts. These will be validated in a number of demonstrators of different critical sectors.
NORCICS implements a Technology Transfer model to ensure that the research performed within the centre is relevant to the needs of the user partners and to maximize the uptake of such results by industry. At the core of the model is the identification of problems by the industry partners and the subsequent close collaboration between industry and research partners to formulate the problem as a research one, to develop solutions, to validate these, and finally to release them. By following this model, through 1-1 strategy meetings with industry partners and workshops, NORCICS has identified four key areas to focus research on, namely the cybersecurity challenges arising from the integration of Information Technology (IT) with Operational Technology; challenges arising from the use of 5G services; human and organizational issues of cybersecurity; and the use of data analytics, all in the context of industry?s digital transformation.
NORCICS has established and exploits international collaboration through a number of activities, including its External Advisory Board; collaboration agreements with a number of top-tier international research institutions; co-organization of international conferences; and submission of research and innovation proposals for funding by the European Commission.
NORCICS is active in pursuing further funding and support for its activities, including through research and innovation projects funded by the NFR. A number of such proposals have been submitted and their assessment is under way. Such proposals also foster industry-academia mobility and enhancement of industry competence in cybersecurity, through the initiation of Nærings PhD research projects.
NORCICS has established and exploits collaboration with a number of other research centers, including SFIs and FMEs, national industry clusters and catapult centers.
NORCICS aspires to become an attractive and competent research environment in the area of cybersecurity for the critical sectors, and to educate more than 18 PhD students and more than 7 postdoctoral researchers, competent in the cybersecurity needs of the society. Several of these have already been hired and have started their research work.
The National Cybersecurity Strategy for Norway acknowledges the need to “address the (cybersecurity) challenges that will inevitably arise in conjunction with the rapid and far-reaching digitalization of Norwegian society”. Norway is one of the leading digital nations in the world. NORCICS’s vision is to contribute to making Norway the most securely digitalized country in the world, by improving the cyber security and resilience of its critical sectors, through supporting research-based innovation. NORCICS will follow a holistic, comprehensive and systemic approach addressing people, processes and technology to protect critical sectors throughout the cybersecurity core functions (identify, protect, detect, respond, recover). NORCICS adopts the Open Innovation Model, and the Technology Transfer model for joint industry-research groups research-based innovation, thus allowing its user partners to participate in shaping research and innovation roadmaps. Within NORCICS, the research is organized into three workpackages WP2 aims at improving our understanding of the cybersecurity-related issues in critical sectors; WP3 technologies aims at developing solutions for addressing these issues, whilst WP4 aims at validating and demonstrating these solutions in a number of critical sectors. Additionally, WP1 will maintain an innovation roadmap for all of NORCICS, WP2 is devoted to dissemination and knowledge transfer, and WP6 is the management workpackage. The consortium members have complementary expertise that collectively covers most of the areas of fundamental research, the sectorial domains and the technological applications of cybersecurity. The user partners come from both the public and the private sector and cover all the critical sectors addressed in NORCICS. Additionally, a number of internationally highly reputed centers active in the field of cybersecurity have confirmed their collaboration with NORCICS.