Project

About YAKSHA Project

About YAKSHA Project

The project «YAKSHA – Cybersecurity Awareness and Knowledge Systemic High-level Application», funded under the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will reinforce European Union (EU) and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) cooperation and build partnerships in the Cybersecurity domain by developing a solution tailored to specific users and national needs, leveraging EU Know-How and expertise.

  • YAKSHA is co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon
    2020 Programme
  • Start Date: 1st January 2018
  • Duration: 30 months
  • Total Budget: 2,506,226.25 EUR, including a contribution from the
    European Commission of 1,998,813.75 EUR

YAKSHA Motivation

Develop and implement a software toolkit to improve Cybersecurity of organizations in the ASEAN region.

YAKSHA Results

Enhance cybersecurity readiness levels for its and users, help better prevent cyber-attacks, reduce cyber risks and better govern the whole cybersecurity process

Process & Strategy

Focus on adapting & Integrating other domain technologies into innovative solutions

Background

Informatisation is widely recognized as an enabling factor for developing economies and society. ASEAN, and in particular low and middle-income countries in this region, have long been subject to several cybersecurity issues and are exposed to specific risks, ranging from data breaches to intentional intrusions by adversaries. Security is the common element buttressing all other ICT technologies and without which ICT is more of a risk than an opportunity for organisations, businesses and governments.

 

The vulnerability of ASEAN countries’ cybersecurity is responded with the inaugural ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity, which took place in October 2016. Within this high-level meeting, the importance of ASEAN YAKSHA Motivation Develop and implement a software toolkit to improve Cybersecurity of organizations in the ASEAN region YAKSHA Results Enhance cybersecurity readiness levels for its and users, help better prevent cyber-attacks, reduce cyber risks and better govern the whole cybersecurity process Processs & Strategy Focus on adapting & Integrating other domain technologies into innovative solutions YAKSHA is co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme Start Date: 1st January 2018 Duration: 30 months Total Budget: 2,506,226.25 EUR, including a contribution from the European Commission of 1,998,813.75 EUR cyber capacity-building, securing a safer common cyberspace, and facilitating exchanges on cyber norms was emphasised by ministers of communication of ASEAN countries. The organisation of this event signals that developing a more secure cyberspace across ASEAN has become one of the top priorities in agenda for the future of ASEAN’s ICT development. Mostly because cybersecurity issues have increasingly become a very important factor in ASEAN security and have attracted the top interests by all member states, there are opportunities for deploying jointly-developed solutions to tackle the problem.

Cybersecurity capabilities are essential for achieving individual organisations’ and societies’ goals, even more so in the increasingly globalized and connected world. In the Industry 4.0 era, the systems include components that are smart enough and able to form a system of systems. They can either interact with each other or they can obtain feedback from external systems as well participating in a world full of sensors and IoTs (Internet of Things).

To grow and meet the necessities of global supply chains, manufacturers have to implement and leverage Industry 4.0 technologies and that means having to face all the issues raised regarding cybersecurity. In the EU there are initiatives regarding industry and cybersecurity like the European Security by Design calls and are also given special attention in the industry driven European Technology Platforms (ETPs) e.g. the ARTEMIS Strategic Research Agenda where cybersecurity is mentioned as a Megatrend. Within the past few year ASEAN countries are potential host countries for large enterprises and industries so implicitly cybersecurity is a major issue for the area as well. The supply chains of those industries must be protected wherever they reside, in particular when they span both Europe and South-East Asia. The systemic nature of cybersecurity entails that cooperation all along the line must be established.

Objectives

YAKSHA aims at reinforcing cooperation and building partnerships by developing a cybersecurity solution tailored to specific national needs leveraging EU Know-How and local knowledge. The project will enhance cybersecurity readiness levels for its end users, help better prevent cyber-attacks, reduce cyber risks and better govern the whole cybersecurity process. YAKSHA is ideally positioned to help secure the global manufacturing supply chains, given its focus on IoT Security.

The EU-ASEAN cooperation during and after the YAKSHA project will also help mitigate some of the weaknesses identified in the cybersecurity ecosystem by, for instance, the CONNECT2SEA EU project (ended in 2016). It will build a network of partners ASEAN-wide helping the lack of networking activities and regional cohesiveness; the certification scheme that will be developed by YAKSHA will help relieve the skill gap and the lack of cybersecurity experts and innovators; its common architecture will address the lack of a common approach to cyber threats.

A sustainable business model developed during the project will allow partners and other interested actors to adopt the technology, generate value, and foster cooperation even beyond the duration of the project.

Main objectives:

1. Assessment of the Cyber Security state of the art in the ASEAN area and future developments

  • Detailed description of the cybersecurity ecosystem in ASEAN
    region
  • Identification of future trends and opportunities in EU-ASEAN
    cybersecurity

2. Development and validation of a distributed, flexible, cybersecurity solution

  • Development of innovative methods for malware detection, collection and analysis
  • Design, development and integration of the YAKSHA software
    components
  • Validation of the final product and YAKSHA service in real pilot
    projects

3. Enable the sustainable uptake of scientific, technical and economic results and foster cooperation and partnerships between EU-ASEAN

  • Dissemination of scientific results and publications
  • Development of business models and exploitation models,
    including IP management
  • Enhancement of cybersecurity collaboration and knowledge
    sharing between EU and ASEAN and inside ASEAN

Approach

YAKSHA will develop innovative methods for malware detection, collection and analysis, as well as design a specialised ontology to be used for long-term storage and analysis of the information and deploy standard information formats and interfaces to facilitate interoperability.

YAKSHA will further build an ecosystem of partners around its solutions that will contribute to enhancing cybersecurity skills in Europe and creating new positions for cybersecurity specialists in ASEAN.

Moreover, the direct access to the important ASEAN market will positively impact the competitiveness of European security industry. The YAKSHA software solution will be validated in real-world pilot projects in both Europe and Southeast Asia regions, initially focusing on Vietnam and Greece, and with plans to expand the deployments to other countries and will be supported by the network of YAKSHA Ambassadors, i.e. representatives of YAKSHA who are active in the field of cybersecurity, software and/or more largely internet security and defence.

In addition, the project will create YAKSHA Label of Excellence – a European certification of technology excellence which will serve as a sustainable recognition of a product’s quality and thus support ASEAN users to certify the quality, security and functionality of labelled product and services.