The main goal of MITIGATE is to realize a radical shift in risk management methodologies for the maritime sector towards a collaborative evidence-driven Maritime Supply Chain Risk Assessment (g-MSRA) approach that alleviates the limitations of state-of-the-art risk management frameworks. To this end, the project will integrate, validate and commercially exploit an effective, collaborative, standards-based risk management (RM) system for port’s Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs), which shall consider all threats arising from the supply chain, including threats associated with portCIIs interdependencies and associated cascading effects.

Build on a collaborative evidence based approach

MITIGATE will be build on a collaborative evidence based approach, which will facilitate the production of simulated scenarios and security assurance models. The latter will enable the credible estimation of risk factors and their inherent risk, as well as threats, vulnerability and controlled risks, thereby enabling the calculation of residual risk. The later will reflect the risk factors following the applications of contingency measures indicated as part of conventional sector specific and national approaches.

Implementation and validation

MITIGATE will be implemented and validated in the scope of port security and associated maritime contexts. The validation will have a transnational character and will (directly) involve five prominent EU ports, thereby boosting the harmonization of national approaches to the security of maritime supply chains. The project will also produce a range of best practices and guidelines for the adaptation of the approach in other contexts and critical infrastructures.

Inclusion of governance toolkit

MITIGATE will include a governance toolkit, which shall deal with the adaptation of the project’s system across different ports and maritime settings. As part of this toolkit, the project will consider the implication of legislation in the modeling, assessment and evaluation of risks. Note also that MITIGATE will empower collaborative, evidence-based and iterative risk assessment processes, during which stakeholders will be able to identify gaps and challenges associated with the applicable legal frameworks. The identification of these gaps could latter lead to suggested changes in the legal framework, which will be also reflected in the best practices and guidelines to be produced in the project and contributed to the NIS public-private platform. Note that the MITIGATE pilots across five EU ports will facilitate the identification of legal gaps for security in maritime supply chains, as well as their remedy.

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