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The main vision of NATWORK (Net-Zero self-adaptive activation of distributed self-resilient augmented services) is to develop a novel bio-inspired cybersecurity and resilience framework for networking distributed systems that transcend a single administrative domain and cross a heterogeneous fabric of resources. This vision is motivated by the new ICT systems landscape and 6G vision. NATWORK will conduct research that is novel in four manners:


It will close the security gap in innovation between software systems, resource management and networking architectures.

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It will enable multiple providers to interconnect resources and services using simplified secure-by-design interfaces

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AI will be natively integrated into several layers of the network, ranging from the physical layer to the vertical application layer.

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A holistic framework

Natwork will provide a holistic framework to defend against Physical Layer Attacks

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Use Cases


Key Objectives

Define a detailed extension to 6G architectures by providing E2E security.

Evaluation, validation & verification of the security framework performance

Deployment & experimental implementation of the security modules in the four (4) Use Cases

Provide Physical Layer Security that supports encryption-free, perennial self-resilience of wireless links

Provide Net-Zero AI-powered trustworthy and explainable management to allow for highly malleable and attack-resilient networks

Foster secure-by-design composition and migration of novel 6G cloud-native slices and secure distributed computations-network in the edge to cloud continuum

Formulation of KPIs, KVIs, business models, IPR procedures, and standardization contributions for commercial viability and enhanced cybersecurity in b5G/6G networks

NATWORK consortium combines multidisciplinary competences and resources  from  the  academia,  industry and research community focusing on a user-centric services development, viable economic and business models, cybersecurity, interoperability, and on-demand, door-to-door services. It consists of fourteen (14) partners from ten (10) EU member states and associated countries