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Chapter Co-Hosts Workshop on European SCOUT Project

The chapter hosted the final workshop on the European SCOUT project in March with support from the National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT). Funded under the EU's 7th Framework Program, the multitech security system for interconnected space control ground stations, or SCOUT, seeks to develop security solutions for satellite control stations. Chapter President Lt. Gen. Antonio Tangorra, ITAF (Ret.), introduced the workshop dedicated to the project. Fabrizio Berizzi of the University of Pisa and CNIT National Laboratory of Radar Surveillance System (RaSS) presented an overview of the SCOUT project, introducing all partners from academia and industry. Maria Pilar Amores of the Università di Alcalà illustrated "The SCOUT System Architecture: The SENSNET Subsystem," based on a network of heterogeneous sensors, to detect and protect against physical attacks. Christian Callegari of CNIT RaSS elaborated on the architecture, discussing the CYBERSENS subsystem that provides identification and reaction capabilities against cyber attacks. CYBERSENS also provides a response engine to mitigate the effects of cyber attacks. Davide Adami of CNIT RaSS discussed the RECOVER subsystem, including how it reconfigures a network in case of attack. Massimiliano Nolich, University of Trieste-CNIT, and Giampaolo Ferraioli, National Laboratory of Multimedia Communications, Universita di Napoli, spoke about the system's decision and control unit and graphical user interface. Mauro Brignoli of Vitrociset gave an overview of the SCOUT demonstrator design, a smaller version of the complete system for testing the main capabilities. Piotr Samczynski, Warsaw University of Technology, presented results achieved in protecting against physical attacks. The demonstrator was used for two weeks to test SENSNET, in particular, monitoring vehicles and people trying to access unauthorized areas. Tests were performed under several conditions to detect and collect radar images and to classify targets. Alessandro Cantelli, CNIt RaSS, spoke about the four different scenarios used to test CYBERSENS and RECOVERY subsystems: denial-of-service attack mitigation, malware attack, analysis of malware behavior and business continuity. Manuel Rosa-Zurera of the University of Alcalá concluded the workshop by discussing the commercial potential of SCOUT and noting that it is almost ready for the market. At the end of the workshop, Gen. Tangorra thanked all speakers for the overview of projects at the international level.

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Antonio Tangorra

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