VCCC

Virtual centre of competence and expertise in CIP

In accordance with recommendations of the CEPS Task Force on "Critical Infrastructure Protection in the EU" [CEPS11], CIPRNet envisions the creation of a sustainable and distributed Virtual Centre of Competence and expertise in See critical infrastructure protection
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(VCCC). By implementing the CIPRNet agenda and by combining and integrating the excellence in See critical infrastructure protection
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knowledge, expertise, experiences and technology of the partners, CIPRNet will create the tangible VCCC already during the project term. The VCCC serves as the foundation of a long-lasting network of facilities providing enduring support from research to See critical infrastructure
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stakeholders in EU Member States
. This network of facilities has the working title European Infrastructures Simulation and Analysis Centre
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EISAC
(European Infrastructures See computer simulation.
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Simulation
and Analysis Centre). A European headquarters shall foster standardisation of technology, organise cross-border collaboration, and provide support at EU level.

A facility like European Infrastructures Simulation and Analysis Centre
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EISAC
would contribute to catching up with the leading world-class facilities like NISAC in the US and CIPMA in Australia. Alike NISAC and CIPMA, the VCCC and later European Infrastructures Simulation and Analysis Centre
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EISAC
shall emerge bottom-up from collaboration of See critical infrastructure protection
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researchers. Acting as a flywheel with the goal to make the research community more coherent, the VCCC will provide knowledge about See critical infrastructure protection
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research advancements to the See critical infrastructure protection
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multi-person or organization that can affect, be affected by, or perceive themselves to be affected by a decision or activity
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stakeholder
community and will support collaborative efforts. In particular, CIPRNet will deploy new services for See critical infrastructure protection
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researchers, end-users and other CIPRNet stakeholders, including comprehensive overviews of state-of-the-art research results (e.g., See critical infrastructure protection
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bibliographies), glossaries, tool repositories, repositories of models, enquiries to experts, and much more, via the CIPRNet/VCCC web portal.

Leveraging on the design study DIESIS

Catching up with NISAC is a long-term endeavour that goes beyond the duration of a Network of Excellence. One of CIPRNet's biggest assets is that Fraunhofer, TNO, and ENEA have already made a first step towards European Infrastructures Simulation and Analysis Centre
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EISAC
in the FP7 project Design of an Interoperable European federated Simulation Network for critical Infrastructures
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DIESIS
, which gave CIPRNet a head start, reducing the need for an extended NoE duration. The Design of an Interoperable European federated Simulation Network for critical Infrastructures
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DIESIS
design study [DIESISw] developed a detailed blueprint for European Infrastructures Simulation and Analysis Centre
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EISAC
[DIESISd, DIESISf], which includes: 

The results of the design study will be used for developing and implementing the VCCC. CIPRNet 'kernel of integration' partners (Fraunhofer, TNO, ENEA, CEA) will be the main drivers of the VCCC, each one will have the combined inventory for providing the new capabilities installed at its location. Efforts for making the VCCC sustainable and for developing it further into European Infrastructures Simulation and Analysis Centre
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EISAC
comprise the following measures.

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