EU-GUARDIAN: European Framework and Proofs-of-concept for the Intelligent Automation of Cyber Defence Incident Management

European Defence Fund, 13.454.545.33€, 01/12/2022 – 01/11/2025

Posted March 23, 2023 by Enrique Tomás Martínez Beltrán ‐ 2 min read

EU-GUARDIAN aims at creating a cutting-edge, accurate and reliable AI-based solution that operates and automates larger parts of incident management and cyber defence processes. Focusing on the ability to detect, mitigate and respond to security challenges semi-automatically or automatically; support analysts and decision-makers at all levels; and contribute to enhancing cyber situational awareness, military infrastructure resilience and protection against advanced cyber threats.

On these grounds, EU-GUARDIAN will make progress on understanding the relevant actors and the threat environment where AI-based cyber defence systems will interact with; creating AI-based techniques for detecting and understanding adversarial activity, as well as for building knowledge about own protected ICT systems; shaping AI-based information collection and storage systems that can dynamically adapt their strategy to the situation perceived; and building AI-based decision systems which are risk and impact aware. All components will follow the key requirements of human agency and oversight; technical robustness; privacy; algorithmic transparency; diversity and accountability; and proof-of-concept feasibility analysis will support each component.

The multidisciplinary and highly specialised Consortium will present the results of EU-GUARDIAN, which will facilitate the tedious task of analysing large amounts of data; will improve cyber operational capability; drive a reduction in costs; and above all, they will contribute to EU cyber defence posture and to the laying of the foundations for prompting the EU autonomy in development and capacitation of AI-based resources.