Thales (THALES, France)

The organisation:
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, serving defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide, supported by a comprehensive services offering. The group’s civil and defence businesses develop in parallel to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. Leveraging a global network of high-level researchers, Thales offers a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy critical information systems. Thales employs 60,000 people in 50 countries. . Thales employs 60,000 people in 50 countries and generated revenues of € 10.3 billion in 2005, with a record order book of over € 20 billion. As part of Thales' new research facility at the École Polytechnique campus in Palaiseau, near Paris, the Security Solutions and Services division has created ThereSIS, a research laboratory that will lead Thales’ team in this project.

Relevant skills/experience/technologies: ThereSIS focuses on key areas starting with architectures for Web-based services (SOA, Peer2Peer, Grid, ICT convergence, etc.). The second focus area is information system security and resilience. Another area is open-source software andopen standards, which are critical to system interoperability. Thales Research and Technology France (TRT-Fr) is the corporate research laboratory of the Thales group that provides a short and long term competitive advantage to the Thales Group by transferring cutting edge technologies and skills to the operating units and by injecting innovation. TRT-Fr will bring its competence in Risks and Threats models for engineering and will propose its Security Domain Specific Modelling Language initiated through the Modelplex and SecureChange projects.

Role in the project: Thales will participate in technical Work Packages such as WP1 and WP2. It will lead WP4 Response to changes and threats. It brings its experience in developing a Security Domain Specific Language based on a security risk analysis. As an industry, Thales will participate in the WP6 Realisation of industry case studies, bringing its competences in Role Based Access Control for the telecommunication use case and its involvement in the SESAR project for the ATM domain, and also contribute to standardisation and exploitation (WP10, WP11).

Interest in project results: Thales is interested in developing and validating already initiated concepts of tooling to manage security at design time and run time in a SOA environment. The validation through industrial use case will enable to evaluate these tools. Standardisation and exploitation shall be carefully considered.

Key personnel:

Dhouha Ayed is working as a software architect researcher in THALES. She is expert on adaptive and variable systems. She has a Computer Science Engineer degree and got her Master degree from the University of  Evry and her Ph.D degree from Télécom SudParis. Before joining THALES, she worked as a researcher at the Department of Computer Science of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium where her research was focused on adaptive dynamic deployment of component-based applications and context-aware middleware for mobile and pervasive computing environments. Dhouha worked on several local and European research projects, such as MARTES, OSMOSE and SPICES ITEA projects as well as FP6 MUSIC, FP6 Modelplex and FP7 DiVA projects. She was co-organizer and PC member of workshops at international conferences, such as ICAS06, EuroSys07 and ECSA 2011.

Stéphane Paul was born in 1966. Master in computer science applied to management, he obtained (1991) a PHD in microelectronics for his work on chip testing. In 1993, he joined Alcatel to develop tools for an object oriented analysis method. Since 1996, he has been very much involved in European R&D projects dealing with Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems (A-SMGCS). From 2000 to 2008, he was part of Thales ATM’s technical directorate, were he acted as the technical authority on airport systems. From 2008 to mid 2010, he was head of the Collaborative Technologies Laboratory at Thales Research and Technology (TRT) France. Since July 2010, he is a researcher on model-driven security engineering.

Olivier Delande is a research engineer in model-driven engineering (MDE), with a speciality in formal methods. He obtained a PhD in theoretical Computer Science in the field of proof theory in 2009. As a research engineer at TRT / Software Research Group since April 2010, he has been investigating the introduction of formal methods in MDE, for both specific applications and generic solutions for reasoning on models.

Edith Félix, ThereSIS, got a French Mastère in Networks from Ecole Telecom Paris (1994). She started to develop at IBM La Gaude's Laboratory. She joined Thales in 2001, and became Security Risk Management expert. She teamed with TRT-Fr on MDE research working on a Security Domain Specific Modelling Language (DSML) for the Modelplex and Secure Change projects.

Daniel Gidoin graduated in 1973 from Engineer national school (ENSTEA) and in 1974 from a DEA of University Paris-SUD. He also graduated from a Master of security at College de l'Ecole Polytechnique (ENSTA) in 1993. As security expert, he manages or contributes in several Security European, national, and System@tic Paris-Region Cluster’s larges projects, including cyber security, risk analysis, design and implementation of security policy, security and privacy frameworks, multicompliance standards, identity federation, multi-levels security, Trusted platforms, public key infrastructures and models for security behaviour and dynamic security policy implementation . Daniel Gidoin is Head of ICT Security Research Group of ThereSIS. He is also involved in NESSI European Technology Platform where he is co-leader of the Nessi TSPR Working Group (Trust Security Privacy and Resilience). Daniel his and/or has been involved in a number of Security projects at both European level (e.g. Serenity, COMPAS, Nexof-RA) and PFC (System@tic). Daniel is also active participant to cross-ETP working group on Future Internet (focusing on Trust, Security and Privacy).

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