As we advance in information technology, security is of the utmost concern.  The European Union proposed and brought about this project across a few functional teams to determine a global dependability and security framework. 

The reason that this program is so crucial and mission critical to the success of the worldwide communication is the fact that interconnected Communications and Information Systems are growing so rapidly.  There is bound to be loopholes and backdoors in these systems that increase the vulnerability of those systems.  When these systems are tied so closely together, the implications are enormous when the systems are attacked  or there are failures.  What needs to be agreed upon is three different approaches and melding together the best of breed solutions. 

 Modeling and simulation:  Predicting failures and accidents are paramount to prevention.  DESEREC develops approaches and tools to model and simulate problems in the system and improve ways to counteract them.
Detection:  DESEREC has combined various detection mechanisms to make sure that there is quick detection of incidents across networks of seemingly unrelated events or behavior that is not normal.
Responsiveness:  In light of any attacks, DESEREC has provided a framework of counter measures to respond and defuse incidents and mitigate the threats to the entire system. 

The systems that are in place allow DESEREC to respond quickly to three types of incidents.

External Attack:  Most common are attacks from the outside.
System Failures:  Errors in the system due to breakdown in equipment or bad code.
Malicious Internal Use:  Internal users who inflict harm on the system