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The objective of Network for Information Sharing and Alerting  (NISHA) is to further develop the existing prototype of European Information Sharing and Alert System achieved under FISHA into a pilot version of the system. The expected outcome is a pilot network consisting of 4 local portals which are to be set up in Member States, locally reaching citizens and SMEs. The network will function based on an organisational model proposed within the project frames. The project will include a study of organizational and legal aspects concerning functioning of the system as well as technical development and implementation encountered while establishing the pilot, with a focus on lessons learned and suggestions for improvement.

Technical aspects: Development of already existing prototype of European Information Sharing and Alert System (FISHA) into a pilot implementation. Final outcome will be a pilot network capable of manage 4 cooperating portals exchanging information according to the elaborated principles.

Adaptation capability module – an extension for the system allowing already existing, external portals to process information to/from the network through their own websites. This feature will facilitate a wider group of information brokers who are able to spread the information but are not members of the network, without requiring excessive technical effort from them.

A set of necessary software and instructions that every entity joining the network will be provided with. This start package will include applications needed to set a local portal and a user guide with detailed instructions how to conduct it. This will include the Adaptation Module. (“NISHA in a box”)The procedures of technical maintenance and support during the operation of the system for the whole its life cycle will be evaluated and proposed.

Organizational and legal aspects: An EISAS (FISHA) pilot network will be organized. This network will include 4 portals, which will include the original FISHA partners and some supporting CERT partners. This network will be functional – ie. EISAS (FISHA) messages will be published.

Rules of cooperation with other network security organisations and local information brokers. The ways of obtaining official support and participation from other institutions will be proposed, based on gained experience in forming such cooperation during development of already existing EISAS prototype – FISHA.

Set of principles regulating process of joining the network by interested entities including requirements that such entity should meet and agreements that should be signed in order to start cooperation. This set will be based on draft principles already created in existing EISAS prototype – FISHA.

Model of supporting and providing entities joining the network with necessary tools and instructions. A start package for every new entity joining the system will be completed including software for cre ating a local portal and a user guide with instructions how to set up a portal.

The pilot project will include financing of the network, including security experts, equipment translation services necessary to demonstrate full functionality of the system. Based on this, a working proposal of managing and financing the system will be elaborated.

Analysis of aspects concerning copyright issues of materials used and published by organizations belonging to the network.

The final report will be created summarizing all the experiences gathered during the successive stages of project development. The report will provide a feedback loop with collection of best practices from setting up the system.  The final outcome of the project will be a successful pilot implementing of the system with technical maintenance and resources ensured, operating in accordance with organizational principles established during the development of the EISAS (FISHA project) and subsequent pilot deployment.

NISHA is carried out by the 3 original project partners - PTA/CERT-Hungary, NASK/CERT Polska, University of Gelsenkirchen/Institute for Internet Security - and a new consortium partner from Portugal. FCCN – Foundation for National Scientific Computing - is a private, non-profit institution, with public interest statuss,  contributing to the expansion of the Internet in Portugal. Since 2002 FCCN operates CERT.PT, the incident handling capability for the R&E user community and the defacto national CERT.