Advanced Networked Agents for Security and Trust Assessment
in CPS / IOT Architectures

A holistic solution enabling trust and security by-design for Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) based on IoT and Cloud architectures

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The main objective of the ANASTACIA project is to address cyber-security concerns by researching, developing and demonstrating
a holistic solution enabling trust and security by-design for Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) based on IoT and Cloud architectures.

The heterogeneous, distributed, and dynamically evolving nature of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) based on Internet of Things (IoT) and virtualised cloud architectures introduces new and unexpected risks that cannot be solved by current state-of-the-art security solutions.

For this, new paradigms and methods are required in order i) to build security into the ICT system at the outset, ii) to adapt to changing security conditions, iii) to reduce the need to fix flaws after deploying the system, and iv) to provide the assurance that the ICT system is secure and trustworthy at all times.

ANASTACIA will thus develop a trustworthy-by-design security framework which will address all the phases of the ICT Systems Development Lifecycle (SDL) and will be able to take autonomous decisions through the use of new networking technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and intelligent and dynamic security enforcement and monitoring methodologies and tools.


Software Defined Networks

Networking Function Virtualization


The ANASTACIA cyber-security framework will provides self-protection, self-healing and self-repair capabilities through novel enablers and components.

The framework will dynamically orchestrate and deploy security policies and actions that can be instantiated on local agents. Thus, security will be enforced in different kinds of devices and heterogeneous networks, e.g., IoT- or SDN/NFV- based networks. The framework will be designed in full compliance to SDN/NFV standards as specified by ETSI NFV and OFN SDN, respectively, and will include:

Security Development Paradigm

A security development paradigm based on the compliance to security best practices and the use of the security components and enablers (to provide assisted security design, development and deployment cycles to assure security-by-design)

Distributed Trust and Security Enablers

A suite of distributed trust and security components and enablers, able to dynamically orchestrate and deploy user security policies and risk-assessed resilient actions within complex and dynamic CPS and IoT architectures (online monitoring and testing techniques will allow more automated adaptation to mitigate new and unexpected security vulnerabilities)

Dynamic Security and Privacy Seal

A holistic Dynamic Security and Privacy Seal, combining security and privacy standards and real time monitoring and online testing (to provide quantitative and qualitative run-time evaluation of privacy risks and security levels, which can be easily understood and controlled by the final users)


A quick glimpse of ANASTACIA's main features

ANASTACIA architecture

A preliminary outline (as included in the proposal)

Use Case 1

Mobile Edge Computing applications

Use Case 2

Smart building


A quick overview of main project events

  • READY,

    January 1st 2017

    The ANASTACIA project officially starts!

    The main objective of the ANASTACIA project is to conceive, develop and demonstrate a holistic solution enabling trust and security by-design for Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) based on IoT and Cloud architectures.

  • January 18th-20th 2017

    ANASTACIA Kick-Off Meeting (Genoa, IT)

    All partners meet in Genoa to officially launch the project, share a common project vision and define
    its scientific and technical roadmap.

  • May 3rd-4th 2017

    ANASTACIA Plenary Meeting (Murcia, ES)

    Activities are proceeding: partners meet to assess the first ANASTACIA reference architecture, check advancements and plan the delivery of the first milestones and deliverables.

  • June 6th-9th 2017

    ANASTACIA @ IoTWeek 2017 (Geneve, CH)

    Our project is presented in the IoT Risk Management section (IoT Security & Privacy Track)

  • June 6th-9th 2017

    ANASTACIA @ GIoTS 2017 (Geneve, CH)

  • September 10th-14th 2017

    ANASTACIA @ CENICS 2017 (Rome, IT)

    Our project is presented in the CYPHYS: Cyber-Physical Security special track within CENICS 2017

  • November 28th-29th 2017

    ANASTACIA Plenary Meeting (Athens, GR)

    Dense agenda for the 3rd plenary meeting - use cases, requirements and architecture are available and technical activities can be started accordingly

  • January 31th 2018

    ANASTACIA @ ReCRED Clustering Event (Athens, GR)

    16+ EU funded projects presented their objectives and results and shared their implementation experiences. An important dissemination event that facilitated the discussion between partners, the knowledge exchange between different projects and also enabled future synergies and collaborations. ANASTACIA was represented by UBITECH, WP6 leader.

  • March 20th 2018

    ANASTACIA @ SAINT Project Workshop (Athens, GR)

    UBITECH (WP6 leader) will represent our project in the upcoming workshop organized by the SAINT Project. SAINT is an EU H2020 project which examines the problem of failures in cyber-security using a multidisciplinary approach that goes beyond the purely technical viewpoint, by combining economic analysis with behavioral, societal and institutional views, targeting in new methodologies that will improve the cost-effectiveness of cyber-security.

  • April 25th-26th 2018

    ANASTACIA Plenary Meeting (Madrid, ES)

    The 4th plenary meeting will be kindly hosted by ATOS.



    More events and results will follow!


Public deliverables

D1.1 "Holistic Security Context Analysis"


D1.2 "User Centred Requirements Initial Analysis"


D7.1 "Initial Dissemination Standardization and Outreach Strategy Plan"


D1.3 "Initial Architectural Design"


D2.1 "Policy-Based Definition And Policy For Orchestration - Initial Report"


D5.1 "Dynamic Privacy And Security Seal Model Analysis"


D2.2 "Attack Threats Analysis And Contingency Actions - Initial Report"






Publications - Open Access, Green Policy

ANASTACIA Advanced Networked Agents for Security and Trust Assessment in CPS IoT Architectures


An Accurate Security Game for Low-Resource IoT Devices


Assuring Virtual Network Function Image Integrity and Host Sealing in Telco Cloud


Geo-partitioning of MEC resources


NFV Security Threats and Best Practices


SlowComm Design Development and Performance Evaluation of a new Slow DoS Attack


Towards Secure Building Management System based on Internet of Things


Anomaly-Based Intrusion Detection System for Embedded Devices on Internet


Securing VNF Communication in NFVI


Towards Provisioning of SDN-NFV-based Security Enablers for Integrated Protection of IoT Systems


Remotely Exploiting AT Command Attacks on ZigBee Networks



The ANASTACIA project in figures

36 months duration

January 2017 - December 2019

14 partners involved

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7 countries represented

Italy, Spain, France, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Switzerland

6 target objectives

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2 demonstration use cases

Mobile Edge Computing and Smart Building

3,999,208.75 € funding

5,420,208.75 € costs

8 work packages

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41 deliverables

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32 milestones

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Who's Who in ANASTACIA

Stefano Bianchi

Project Coordinator, WP8 Leader
Softeco Sismat

Antonio Skarmeta

Scientific Coordinator, WP2 Leader
University of Murcia

Edgardo Montes De Oca

WP4 Leader

Tarik Taleb

WP3 Leader

Sebastien Ziegler

WP5 Leader
Mandat International

Alie El-din Mady


Menouer Boubekeur


Bojana Tosic Bajic

WP5, T5.2 Researcher
Archimede Solutions

Pasquale Annicchino

WP5, T5.2 Researcher
Archimede Solutions

Pedro Soria-Rodriguez

WP1 Leader

Adrian Quesada Rodriguez

WP2, T2.3 / WP5 leader, T5.1
Mandat International

Thanasis Bouras

WP6 Leader

Panagiotis Gouvas

WP6 Leader

Dallal Belabed

WP7 Leader

Mathieu Bouet


Silvia Scaglione


Enrico Cambiaso


Maurizio Mongelli


Eunah Kim

Task 5.3 leader, WP5

Bengt Sahlin


Antonio Ortiz


... and many other guys who behind the scenes are making ANASTACIA a successful project!

Innovation Advisory Board (IAB)

Who's supporting ANASTACIA to have a real impact

IAB members will kindly to support the Consortium in the identification and implementation of the strategy to maximize the impact of results, overviewing and aligning the released outcomes with the industry’s and standardization bodies’ requirements.

Christian Mastrodonato

Konica Minolta

Stefano Secci

UPMC, Paris VI, LIP6

Jesus Luna

Robert Bosch Inc

Diego R. Lopez

Telefonica I+D

Gianmarco Baldini

Joint Research Center

Mark Miller



The industrial and academic partners who will make ANASTACIA rock cybersecurity!


We are eager to collaborate and share information!

Stefano Bianchi

Project Coordinator

Softeco Sismat

+39 010 6026 368


Antonio Skarmeta

Scientific Coordinator

Universidad de Murcia

+34 868 88 4607


Carmen Ifrim

Project Officer

European Commission

+32 2 296 0345