22 Mar PROTECTIVE Studying NRENs

PROTECTIVE, a Horizon 2020 project, aims to improve the various EU National Education and Research Networks (NRENs) through enhanced cyber threat intelligence sharing capabilities. Throughout January 2017, the University of Oxford, Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), SYNYO and the Technical University in Darmstadt (TUDA) have conducted surveys, interviews and observations of current cyber threat intelligence gathering and sharing practices of PROTECTIVE NREN partners Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) and CESNET.

Meeting with the NRENs thus far has given us the opportunity to investigate, in-depth, about the technologies and practices behind their existing environments. We have identified how practices and environment between each NREN differ from each other, including team sizes, day-to-day workflow patterns, infrastructure (both software and hardware) as well as organisational structures – all in the effort to identify how threat intelligence sharing can be optimised across NRENs through the PROTECTIVE tool. Conducting these interviews and observations have also enabled us to build a better bond in the project, bringing together academics, industry as well as the NRENs themselves. Responses and data collected from the NRENs are currently being analysed by the project partners in the effort to determine requirements and specifications for the PROTECTIVE tool. In the coming months, we will visit our third NREN partner RoEduNet, revisit our other NREN partners, but also conduct surveys with other NRENs across Europe.