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SUNFISH – SecUre iNFormatIon SHaring in federated heterogeneous private clouds

European Comission has granted financing to the Horison 2020 innovation and cooperation project SUNFISH (“SecUre iNFormatIon SHaring in federated heterogeneous private clouds”, ), where Cybernetica will help Italian and Malta Ministries of Finance and UK Police in developing and deploying information security technologies.

Today the European Public Sector Players lack the necessary infrastructure and technology to allow them to integrate their computing clouds. Furthermore, legislative barriers often make it difficult to use available commercial technological solutions. The SUNFISH project aims to provide a specific and new solution to face these issues. SUNFISH will enable the secure federation of private clouds based on the Public Sector needs: federated private clouds belonging to different Public Sector Entities will be able to share data and services transparently, while maintaining required security levels.

The SUNFISH project will develop and integrate software enabling secure cloud federation as required by European Public Sector bodies. The project will achieve this by meeting firstly the specific challenges faced by the Maltese and Italian Ministries of Finance, as well as by the UK Regional Cyber Crime Units, the three SUNFISH selected use cases. Solutions will be developed to be usable by other European Public Organisations, and potentially also by private sector players.

SUNFISH will improve security in federated “cross-border” clouds, boosting the development of a cloud computing market in sectors where privacy and control of information propagation are essential (e.g., e-government, e-health etc.) while encouraging a better resource utilisation of Public Administration cloud infrastructure. The secure system for federated private clouds developed through the project will guarantee a high level of safety, a continuous monitoring of inter-cloud communications, and the ability to roll out services cheaply, in a fast, flexible and secure way even between different private clouds.

The SUNFISH project aims to reduce the management cost of private clouds owned by Public Administrations, and – beyond pure costs savings – to accelerate the transition to 21st century interoperable and scalable public services, boosting enforcement of the European Digital Single Market.

Role of Cybernetica

Cybernetica will be cooperating with universities, governmental, research and consulting organizations from Italy, Austria, United Kingdom, Malta and Israel to develop a federated cloud framework. The key technology’s that will be used are Unified eXchange Platform (UXP, which is empowering the Estonian X-Road framework) and secure multiparty computation software Sharemind. As the result of SUNFISH, cloud computing will be boosted in security and privacy critical sectors like e-government. Also, cross-border cooperation in the European Union will be significantly simpler, safer and more efficient. Cybernetica was invited to participate in SUNFISH due to its critical role in developing the Estonian e-government and having a strong history in ICT research and development.

Project is funded under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Project reference: 644666