Cyber Security Accelerator for trusted SMEs IT Ecosystems


Horizon 2020


01.06.2017 - 31.5.2020


Aleš Černivec
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 740690.

FORTIKA aims to minimise the exposure of small and medium sized businesses to cyber security risks and threats, and help them successfully respond to cyber security incidents, while relieving them from all unnecessary and costly efforts of identifying, acquiring and using the appropriate cyber security solutions. To fulfil its vision the project adopts a security by design hybrid approach that adequately integrates hardware and software with business needs and behavioural patterns at individual and organisational level to: introduce a hardware-enabled middleware security layer as add-on to existing network gateways; orientate small business users to trusted cyber security services (through FORTIKA’s marketplace) packaged to tailored solutions for each enterprise and further extended to accommodate security intelligence and to encourage security- friendly behavioural and organisational changes.

FORTIKA proposes a resilient overall cyber security solution that can be easily tailored and adjusted to the versatile and dynamically changing needs of small businesses. To this end, the project ambitiously aims to make systematic and extensive use of the existing service and product portfolio of security solution providers across Europe. Finally the introduction of a software-defined smart ecosystem in “FORTIKA Marketplace”, will provide the feature of a light mode solution, which will offer virtualized security services with minimum downloading requirements.

XLAB’s role

XLAB’s role within the project is to provide know-how and technology to integrate technological advancements related to light-weight service orchestration, providing an ecosystem environment for FORTIKA marketplace, and to deploy the services on top of existing private/hybrid cloud hosted at XLAB. XLAB participates as lead of “Use Cases & Application Scenarios” task within the “Product Requirements and Design” Work Package.