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The vision of IoTSec - Security in IoT for Smart Grids is to promote the development of a safe and secure Internet-of-Things (IoT)-enabled smart power grid infrastructure. IoTSec will apply the research in the envisaged Security Centre for Smart Grids, co-located with the Norwegian Centre of Expertise (NCE Smart). Read more ...


The founding partners of the initiative were:

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Founding Members of the IoTSec initiative

All IoTSec Participating persons (alphabetically): Adam Szekeres, Andrea Fiaschetti, Atle Årnes, Bernt A. Bremdal, Bjarne Tarjei Haugen, Christian Johansen, Christian Resell, Dang Ha The Hien, David Aleksandersen, Davide Roverso, Dieter Hirdes, Einar Snekkenes, Elahe Fazeldehkordi, Erik Åsberg, Finn Myrstad, Geir Arne Rimala, Grete H. Coldevin, György Kálmán, Habtamu Abie, Hanne Brostrøm, Hans Jørgen Furre Nygårdshaug, Heidi Tuiskula, Håkon Duus, Issa Traore, Ivar Rummelhoff, Iñaki Garitano, Jan Pedro Tumusok, Jayaprakash Rajasekharan, Josef Noll, Juan Miguel Gomez, Kaniz Fatema Tuly, Ketil Johansen, Kim Jonatan Wessel Bjørneset, Knut Johansen, Konstantin Lenchik, Linda Firveld, Linn Eirin Paulsen, Lovinda Ødegården, Manish Shrestha, Miguel Lagares, Ming-Chang (Leo) Lee, Olaf Owe, Ole Gabrielsen, Otto Andreas Rustand, Paal Engelstad, Peder Aursand, Rachael McCallum, Seraj Fayyad, Sigurd Eskeland, Siv Hilde Houmb ... further results



The University of Oslo (UiO) is presented in IoTSec through the Institute for Informatics (Ifi) and the University Graduate Centre (UNIK). UiO is the largest university in Norway, with 27.000 students. For UiO (UNIK, Ifi, Simula) the IoT project will consolidate Information Security as a key topic at the Institute of Informatics (Ifi). Both UNIK and Ifi have through their strategic groups for Information Security identified key recommendations, which are implemented a.o. through the strategic research initiative ConSeRNS. Through ConSeRNS, members of 4 research groups collaborate to focus on information security and robustness.

Researchers funded by IoTSec: Christian Johansen, Toktam Ramezanifarkhani, Elahe Fazeldehkordi

IoTSec members of UiO/Ifi: Christian Johansen, Christian Resell, Elahe Fazeldehkordi, György Kálmán, Hans Jørgen Furre Nygårdshaug, Josef Noll, Kim Jonatan Wessel Bjørneset, Linn Eirin Paulsen, Olaf Owe, Stein Gjessing, Stian Løvold, Toktam Ramezanifarkhani



The University Graduate Centre (UNIK) is a non-profit educational and research foundation owned by the University of Oslo (UiO), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the three major research institutes: the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI), Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) and Telenor R&D. UNIK is a graduate educational institution for master and doctoral students, primarily from UiO and NTNU. The main focus of UNIK is on applied science.

IoTSec members of UiO/ITS: Elahe Fazeldehkordi, György Kálmán, Iñaki Garitano, Kaniz Fatema Tuly, Paal Engelstad, Seraj Fayyad



The Norwegian Computing Centre (NR) is a private, independent, non-profit foundation established in 1952. NR carries out contract research and development projects in the areas of information and communication technology and applied statistical modelling. The clients are a broad range of industrial, commercial and public service organizations in the national as well as the international market. NR has a long record of participation in EC funded related projects like HARP, CORAS, uTRUSTit, as well as national projects such as PETweb and ASSET.

IoTSec members of NR: Habtamu Abie, Ivar Rummelhoff, Peder Aursand, Sigurd Eskeland, Svetlana Boudko, Åsmund Skomedal



The Simula Research Laboratory (SRL) is a non-profit research institute publicly funded by the Norwegian Government. SRL offers an environment that emphasizes and promotes basic research, but is also involved in education, and innovation. The Department of Networks focuses on research into robust and secure infrastructure, services and future distributed applications. SRL has 2 ongoing projects in the area of Smart Grid: PRONET and TIDENET.

IoTSec members of Simula: Ming-Chang (Leo) Lee, Stein Gjessing, Yan Zhang



NTNU is represented by the Gjøvik University College (GUC) is a state University College in Norway and has approximately 2600 students and 208 employees and administrative staff. The information security group at GUC is the Norwegian Information Security laboratory (NISlab) and the Center for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS).

IoTSec members of NTNU: Adam Szekeres, Christian Johansen, Einar Snekkenes, Kaniz Fatema Tuly, Konstantin Lenchik, Rachael McCallum

NCE Smart

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The Norwegian Centre of Expertise Smart Energy Markets (NCE Smart) is a cluster and a competence center that develops smart and sustainable energy solutions through innovation and business development. The company Smart Innovation Østfold AS is the facilitator of the cluster. The cluster represents internationally oriented businesses with a total revenue of €2,5 billion. NCE Smart is a pioneer in energy market design and implementation, and has a long track record in SmartGrid and Smart Energy Markets research. The cluster is responsible for innovation projects totalling more than €30m. Three of the projects in the cluster were EU commissioned. The cluster leads the H2020 EMPOWER project and is involved in the FP7 Smart Rural Grid, as well as the RCN projects FlexNett and ChargeFlex. NCE Smart currently has 3 SmartGrid related PhD candidates. Security has been identified as a key-component for the growth of smart energy solutions.

Project members of NCE Smart: Bernt A. Bremdal, Dieter Hirdes, Heidi Tuiskula, Håkon Duus, Jayaprakash Rajasekharan, Ole Gabrielsen, Øivind Berg



eSmart Systems (eSmart) is delivering software for energy companies based on a state of the art data platform and cloud services. eSmart has two PhD candidates among its staff.

IoTSec members of eSmart Systems: Dang Ha The Hien, Davide Roverso, Erik Åsberg, Knut Johansen, Manish Shrestha

Fredrikstad Energi


Frederikstad Energi (FEN) is a Norwegian Distribution Service Provider (DSO) with core competence in planning and operation of distribution grids.

Glitre Energi Nett

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Glitre Energi Nett (GEN) is a significant utility provider in Norway and has a clear focus on new services for the distribution grid following the roll out of smart meters. The electrical grid parts in EB, Lier Nett and Hadeland Energi joint forces in 2016 and changed name to Glitre Energi Nett. The Grid parts of Glitre Energi er amongst the 10 biggest grid providers in Norway and provider electrical power to 90.000 customers. The unit has the ambition to become the best competence centre for grid provision, supply security and technology knowledge in the field.

IoTSec members of Glitre Energi Nett Nett: Otto Andreas Rustand



Movation is an independent resource center for open innovation in the Nordic. Movation helps start-ups and established companies to expand, extend and excel in their innovation activities. Movation was founded in 2006 by Telenor, Opera and others, and was in 2009 transferred into an SME. Through Movation the partners created an arena where experts with different professional backgrounds and expertise exploited their knowledge in new ways to foster innovation.

In the IoTSec inititative Movation will use their knowledge in collaborative research to foster a successful initiative with real-world impact. Movation will also disseminate the IoTSec results towards targeted partners.

IoTSec members of Movation: Bjarne Tarjei Haugen, Seraj Fayyad

Collaborative members

The Norwegian Smartgrid Centre

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The Norwegian Smartgrid Centre is a national centre of competence for smart grid. Activities include ressearch, test- and demonstration projects, business development and commercialisation.

IoTSec members of the Smartgrid Centre: Grete H. Coldevin, Lovinda Ødegården



Forbrukerrådet, the Consumer Services of Norway, is an independent interest organisation supporting consumers. Forbrukerrådet gives advise to politicians and industry towards a customer-friendly direction.

Forbrukerrådet will provide their comments and recommendations towards upcoming services related to IoT and Smart Grids
IoTSec members of the Forbrukerrådet: Finn Myrstad, Hanne Brostrøm

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority


The Norwegian Data Protection Authority (Datatilsynet) protects the right to privacy and strives to prevent misuse of personal data.

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority will provide advise related to the domain, and will work together on developments related to IoT and Smart Grids
IoTSec members of the Data Protection Authority: Atle Årnes

Fredrikstad kommune

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Fredrikstad kommune is located at end of Norway's longest river, Glomma. The municipality has roughly 78.000 inhabitants distributed across 283 km2. Over thousand big and small islands are part of Fredrikstad.

In the IoTSec initiative Fredrikstad kommune will contribute with real-life implementations of smart meters, smart houses and Fredristad as a smart city.
IoTSec members of Fredrikstad kommune: Ketil Johansen



EyeSaaS is the cloud based turnkey service and tool suite for service providers to enable the ultimate internet user experience. The main focus of EyeSaas is to remotely configure customers equipment and perform diagnosis on connectivity at the customers home.

In the IoTSec initiative EyeSaaS will work on security control mechanisms for homes.
IoTSec members of EyeSaas: Linda Firveld, Jan Pedro Tumusok, Geir Arne Rimala



Secure-NOK is a Norwegian security company that focuses on cyber security for control systems and critical infrastructure. The company has an international focus and has offices at Hamar and in Houston, Texas. Secure-NOK has developed a technology for detection of security attacks in control systems and critical infrastructure called SNOK® Cybersecurity Monitoring System. Their technology is based on behavioral anomaly detection and is specially designed for control systems. In practice, this means that their technology does not need access to the Internet to detect new viruses and cyber attacks, it uses very little resources and can run on old / legacy machines, programmable logical management (PLS) and other equipment used in control systems, and that it requires only one-way communication, i.e., only communication out of the control system.

In the IoTSec initiative Secure-NOK collaborates on attack detection technologies for Smart Grids.
IoTSec members of Secure-NOK: Siv Hilde Houmb IoTSec members of Secure-NOK: Siv Hilde Houmb



mnemonic AS is one of the largest providers of IT information security services within the Nordic Region. mnemonic supplies products and services to some of the leading private and public sector enterprises. 130 specialist staff operate in the offices in Oslo, Sandnes and Stockholm on ICT and sensor security.

In the IoTSec initiative mnemonic will work on security mechanisms for Smart Grids.



Nimbeo is builds on cutting-edge IT solutions for companies in the field of technology-enhanced education, telecommunications and Smart Grids. Nimbeo is fostering technological development and innovation, leveraging the creation and development of interactive environments in education and science communication, the use of new applications related to virtual networks and mobile devices, and, particularly, working on the concept of "Smart Big Data" to harness a new Industrial Revolution.

In the IoTSec initiative, Nimbeo will contribute with models for attack surface and experiences from the test-bed.
IoTSec members from Nimbeo: Miguel Lagares.

Mondragon University


Mondragon University (MGEP) was created in 1997 by the association of three educational cooperatives, with the guarantee of an extensive career and experience in the world of education, these were Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa “Jose Mª Arizmendiarrieta” S.Coop., ETEO S.Coop. and Irakasle Eskola S.Coop. MGEP is a cooperative university, which belongs to the MONDRAGON Corporation, with a clear human vocation and a commitment to our environment, our society and our time.

In the IoTSec initiative Mondragon University will contribute with the Equipe laboratory creating a Basic Internet testbed to enable Plug and Play Customer-Premises Equipment (CPE) devices.
IoTSec members from Mondragon University: Iñaki Garitano

Open Innovation Lab of Norway

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The Open Innovation Lab of Norway (OIL) is a unique collaboration program where Norway's leading corporations have joined forces with the worlds best universities and leading edge innovators.

In the IoTSec initiative OIL will contribute with the ecosystem of the partners, and bring the vision of Privacy Label and measurable security to the partners.
IoTSec members from OIL: Truls Berg

Cyber Physical Systems Lab

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The Cyber Physical Systems Lab (CPS lab) focuses on a number of Enabling Technologies and their Applications having the physical organization divided into several Spaces pursuing the following goals:

(A) Provide a hands-on opportunity to several IFI courses taught at BSc and MSc levels, and MSc projects, inside the topics covered by this Lab. The topics of CPS Lab are meant to complement existing Lab initiatives at IFI and elsewhere, as far as we are aware of them (e.g., the Smart Grid lab of NTNU).

(B) Provide an open space for various MSc Topics offered at IFI by the applicants and others that want to use the Lab.

(C) Provide a platform for Industry to interact directly with IFI students by providing concrete problems through the Lab (e.g., as devices that need some form of investigation).

University of Victoria


The University of Victoria (UVIC) in Canada offers innovative programs for more than 20,000 students. Dynamic, hands-on learning, research that makes a vital impact, and discovery and innovation in Canada’s most extraordinary academic environment. In early 2013, UVIC was ranked number 20 globally and first in Canada among universities less than 50 years old by Times Higher Education (THE).

UVIC is participating through the Information Security and Object Technology Research Lab. The main focus is on integrated approaches for Information security, heading for strong and resilient security solutions. UVIC will contribute to security object models.
IoTSec members of UVIC: Issa Traore

Universidad Carlos III


The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) contributes to the improvement of society through teaching of the highest quality and cutting-edge research in line with stringent international guidelines. The University aspires to excellence in all its activities, with the aim of becoming one of the best universities in Europe.

In the IoTSec initiative UC3M is represented by the Computer Science department, which is listed in the top 200 best departments according to Computer Science. UC3M will contribute to with semantic technologies for the security architecture.
IoTSec members of UC3M: Juan Miguel Gomez

University of Roma La Sapienza


The University of Roma La Sapienza (UNIROMA1) , founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, is one of the oldest universities in the world and a high performer among the largest universities in international rankings. Sapienza offers a vast array of courses including degree programmes, PhD courses, one to two year professional courses and Specialization Schools in many disciplines, run by 63 Departments and 11 Faculties. Since 2011, the University inaugurated the School for Advanced Studies and evaluates candidates on the basis of educational merit, that provides students with courses and activities aimed at encouraging and developing their capabilities through scientific, cultural and interdisciplinary enrichment. Some 8,000 foreign students are regularly enrolled at Sapienza. In addition to this, Sapienza encourages international exchange: there are over 1,100 incoming and outgoing exchange students per year, thanks to several mobility programmes.

Together with the University of Roma La Sapienza we will prepare a course on for Measurable Security for the Internet of Things, and will exchange academic staff.
IoTSec members of La Sapienza: Andrea Fiaschetti,

Ecole Polytechnique


The Laboratory of Informatics of the École Polytechnique is a mixed research unit consisting of two tutelles: the École polytechnique and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). LIX falls under the jurisdiction of the INS2I division (which stands for the National Institute of Sciences of Information and their Interactions) of CNRS. Research at LIX is organized in "research teams", each team combining researchers, teachers, PhD students, post doctoral fellows, etc. around a common scientific goal.

In IoTSec we colaborate closely with the COSYNUS team, who works on the semantics and static analysis of software systems, including distributed systems, hybrid systems, and cyber-physical systems.
IoTSec members of Ecole Politechnique: Ulrich Fahrenberg,

Gdansk University of Technology

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The Gdansk University of Technology (GUT) s the oldest university in northern Poland where more than 20000 students are studying at 9 faculties. The Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (ETI) is one of the biggest faculties of GUT. The faculty has received the highest (A+) category in the ranking maintained by Polish Ministry of Scientific Research.

GUT is participating in IoTSec through the Information Assurance Group (IAG), a research group in the Department of Software Engineering of ETI. IAG focuses on risk and trust management in relation to different qualities (of software, systems and development projects), like safety, security and privacy. Of particular interest are methods and tools for developing, maintaining, assessing and communicating evidence based arguments. A concrete result of this research is NOR-STA - a tool supporting assurance (in the form of assurance cases) and compliance (in the form of conformance cases).
IoTSec members of Gdansk University of Technology: Janusz Gorski,

University of Agder


The Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM) of University of Agder is a multidisciplinary research centre. CIEM conducts research on networks, mobile devices, human-centered sensing, social media, sensemaking, visualization, decision support, collective intelligence and technology adaption in order to release the potential of the powerful evolving technology for integrated preparedness and management of emergencies. The centre was established in 2011.

In the IoTSec initiative we interact with CIEM on Ethical Hacking and security for energy sector through their SEMIAH project.
IoTSec members of CIEM: Vladimir.Oleshchuk, Laszlo Erdodi

COINS Research School


The Research School of Computer and Information Security (COINS) integrates Norwegian research groups in Information Security to a larger entity by integrating the course portfolio for research school members, builds stronger relationships between doctoral students in the network, establishes more incentives to excel and increases student mobility through access to a larger network. COINS also increases Norway’s international student mobility, hosts internationally recognised researchers, and offers “free flow of goods and services” in Information Security Research in Norway.

COINS will co-ordinate the education of students and promote IoT Security through IoTSec.
IoTSec members of NTNU: Adam Szekeres, Christian Johansen, Einar Snekkenes, Kaniz Fatema Tuly, Konstantin Lenchik, Rachael McCallum


H2020 Project Empower


EMPOWER is a 3‐year Horizon2020 research and innovation project with a budget of 50 MNOK, and started in January 2015. The project includes partners from Spain (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), Switzerland (University of St. Gallen), Germany, Malta and Norway (NCE Smart ‐ Schneider Electric, Fredrikstad Energi Nett and eSmart Systems),

The objective of the project is to develop an entirely new energy market in Europe where consumers can buy and sell locally produced energy from solar panels, micro wind turbines and other decentralized energy production sources. The result will be the offloading of central and regional electricity grids, increased local electricity production and cheap renewable electricity to consumers. In the EMPOWER project, a new market design will be developed and tested in three demonstration areas in Norway, Germany and Malta.

Project members of Empower: Bernt A. Bremdal, Dieter Hirdes, Heidi Tuiskula, Håkon Duus, Jayaprakash Rajasekharan, Ole Gabrielsen, Øivind Berg

ECSEL project DEWI


The DEWI (dependable embedded wireless infrastructure) project wants to foster Europe’s leading position in embedded wireless systems and smart (mobile) environments for both personal and professional users. A “sensor & communication bubble” using wireless technology enables less expensive and more flexible maintenance and re-configuration. Individuals will gain easier, safer and more comfortable, transparent access to information provided by the “bubble”.


Collaborations with the DEWI project include the common development of the Multi-Metrics methodology, being developed through the Artemis SHIELD project.
IoTSec members from DEWI: Werner Rom, Peter Priller.

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