Very successful first project review for AMASS!

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The first AMASS project review was held on June 9th, 2017, at ECSEL premises in Brussels. The expert external reviewers were Philippe Baufreton, from SAFRAN Electronics & Defense, and Christopher Johnson, from the University of Glasgow.

The AMASS consortium presented the progress made during the first project year. This included a project overview, the general technical vision, and dedicated presentations on the case studies, the AMASS Reference Tool Architecture, architecture-driven assurance, multi-concern assurance, seamless interoperability, cross- and intra-domain reuse, industrial impact and community building, and exploitation, dissemination, and standardization.

The review team considered that the project is progressing very well and has achieved all the objectives for the period. They also appreciated the clear baseline set up by the project, based on results from previous projects. According to the review team, AMASS has a coherent consortium committed to the project, dissemination activities look good with a broad range of potential end-users, and exploitation plans for the AMASS tool platform have been carefully defined.

As main recommendations, future deliverables could further explain the differences of interpretation of standards among member states, pay greater attention to the difficulty in defining CPS boundaries, and explain in more detail the implications of using open-source technologies and cloud-based ones, so that a reader gains a deeper understanding of the possible limitations. Dissemination activities could be broadened to gather feedback from regulators, standardisation bodies, and security agencies.

The AMASS consortium is now looking forward to the next project review, at which the work currently envisioned or under development for the second version of the AMASS Tool Platform will be presented. This includes conceptual and research development, tool development, and case study development.