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OrganisationUniversity of Bologna
Project TitleSecurity of Industrial Installation under Seveso Directive
H2020 Topic ListSU-INFRA01-2018-2019-2020: Prevention, detection, response and mitigation of combined physical and cyber threats to critical infrastructure in Europe
Role within the Consortium* Project Partner
* Project Coordinator
Type of activity* Technology development
* Research
* Training
* Management
* Dissemination
* Exploitation
Project DescriptionThe security of industrial sites has become a matter of increasing concern in recent years. Indeed, these sites are potentially attractive targets due to the storage of hazardous materials in relevant quantities, as for the Seveso Directive in Europe (European Commission, 2012), to the possible presence of chemicals that may be used to manufacture improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and to the increasing use of automated controls and safety instrumented systems that may allow cyber intrusions.
Terrorist groups or single individuals could exploit such features and cause major accidents involving fires and explosions or involving toxic releases and environmental contaminations. Besides, chemicals could be stolen with the intent of creating weapons of mass destruction, or their precursors .
Further concern is posed nowadays towards the possibility of intrusion via cyber space.
Whatever the primary voluntary or undirect attack, any CPI can be dramatically affected, and escalation effect may result. Indeed, lessons learnt clearly have shown the need for the implementation of adequate security assessment as well as of an accurate security management system and lay-out criteria aimed at the optimization of the available layers of protection of sites. In this framework, the project should give tools and methodologies capable of addressing all the sectorial needs of chemical and petrochemical industry with respect to the security vulnerability and security risks.