Welcome to the SPEAR Project’s website!

The SPEAR (Secure and PrivatE smArt gRid) project is a research program, co-funded by the Horizon 2020 framework programme of the European Union and it aims at developing an integrated platform of methods, processes, tools and supporting tools for:

  • Timely detection of evolved security attacks such as APT, Denial of Service (DoS) and Distributed DoS (DDoS) attacks using big data analytics, advanced visual-aided anomaly detection and embedded smart node trust management.
  • Developing an advanced forensic readiness framework, based on smart honeypot deployment, which will be able to collect attack traces and prepare the necessary legal evidence in court, preserving the same time user private information.
  • Implementing an anonymous smart grid channel for mitigating the lack of trust in exchanging sensitive information about cyber-attack incidents.
  • Performing risk analysis and awareness through cyber hygiene frameworks, while empowering EU-wide consensus by collaborating with European and global security organisations, standardisation bodies, industry groups and smart grid operators.
  • Exploiting the research outcomes to more CIN domains and creating competitive business models for utilising the implemented security tools in smart grid operators and actors across Europe.



Project Details

Project no. 787011

Type of project: Research and Innovation Action

Call identifier: H2020-DS-2016-2017 (Digital Security Focus Area)

Topic: DS-07-2017- : Cybersecurity PPP: Addressing Advanced Cyber Security Threats and Threat Actors

Duration: 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2021 (36 months)

CORDIS link: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/214857/factsheet/en


Use Cases




   To define the SPEAR system architecture, the security components and the privacy frameworks for situational awareness provisioning in relation to cyber security threats

   To build attack detection mechanisms and promote resilience operations in smart grids

   To increase situational awareness in smart grid networks

   To create and maintain an anonymous repository of smart grid incidents

   To provide smart network forensics subject to data protection and privacy

   To empower EU-wide consensus of cybersecurity in smart grid systems

   To validate the SPEAR architecture capabilities in proof-of-concept Use Cases

   To design an innovative business model and conduct a techno-economic analysis to strengthen the role of European smart grid and cyber-security industry in the global market.