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About the ACDC-Project

Started in February 2013, the European Advanced Cyber Defence Centre (ACDC) aimed to create a community of stakeholders joining forces to fight botnets.

ACDC has been a European pilot project funded under the CIP-PSP programme, with a total cost of 15,5 M€ and funding of 7,7 M€.

The ACDC project ran over 30 months from 01/02/2013 to 31/07/2015. ACDC evolvde beyond the end of the project into a sustainable European centre for cyber defence, building on 8 networked support centres and 1 clearing house deployed during the project and enlarging the cyber-protection scope beyond botnets.

ACDC unites a community of 28 organisations from 14 countries, including Internet Service Providers, CERTs, law enforcement agencies, IT providers, National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), academia and critical infrastructure operators.


One ACDC goal was to deploy an infrastructure of interconnected support centres across European Member States linked to a central ACDC clearing house. The goal of the infrastructure was to provide solutions to users to fight botnets, and to build up through data collection an analysis capability of botnets occurrence and behaviour to also provide early detection of emerging botnets. and their national Antibotnet Advisory centres are a significant result to improve prevention, detection and mitigation of botnets.

End-to-end approach

ACDC provides an end-to-end approach from detection to protection. ACDC will build on the data acquired through its European centre to create prevention strategies and improve the awareness and adoption across users.

Fighting botnets

ACDC aims to take down botnets through the elaboration of an European centre proposing a full set of services. The services are relayed through national support centres.