PRAETORIAN – Protection of Critical Infrastructures from advanced combined cyber and physical threats



The increased physical and cyberattacks against EU critical infrastructures (CIs) require advanced security and protection systems. PRAETORIAN delivers a multidimensional installation-specific toolset comprising a physical situation awareness system, a cyber situation awareness system, a hybrid situation awareness system (including digital twins), and a coordinated response system including a decision support system. The toolset assist CIs’ security managers in their decision-making to prevent and resist potential cyber, physical or combined security threats to their own CIs and other interrelated infrastructures.

PRAETORIAN has a budget of 9,04 M€ (co-funded by the EU under the H2020 programme). It has a duration of 28 months and the consortium working on it is formed by 23 partners, under the technical coordination of ETRA I+D. The project deals with human-made cyber and physical attacks and emonstrate its results in four pilot scenarios, involving two international airports, two ports, three hospitals and two power plants.



  1. ETRA Investigación y Desarrollo S.A. (Spain)
  2. Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)
  3. AENA S.M.E. S.A. (Spain)
  4. Fundación de la Comunidad Valenciana para la Investigación, Promoción y Estudios Comerciales de Valenciaport (Spain)
  5. Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
  6. Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (Greece)
  7. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
  8. Međunarodna zračna luka Zagreb d.d. (Croatia)
  9. Thales France (France)
  10. IDEMIA Identity & Security Germany AG (Germany)
  11. Hrvatska elektroprivreda d.d. (Croatia)
  12. Hrvatska gorska služba spašavanjae (Croatia)
  13. Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria)
  14. Consorcio Provincial de Bomberos de Valencia (Spain)
  15. Fundación para la investigación del Hospital Universitario La Fe de la Comunidad Valenciana (Spain)
  16. The Lyon fire department (France)
  17. RiniGARD (Croatia)
  18. Medical University Graz (Austria)
  19. SubCMarine (France)
  20. Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux (France)
  21. Klagenfurt Hospital (Austria)

KEY WORDS: Security, Critical infrastructure, Situation Awareness, Cybersecurity, Physical security, Cascading effects, First Responder, Digital Twin, Combined physical and cyber threats, Resilience, Artificial Intelligence, Decision support, Risks and vulnerabilities assessment, Protection.