Design of Business Continuity Plans for Supply using a Risk Simulation Approach

Design of Business Continuity Plans for Supply using a Risk Simulation Approach

Profile Second master in Computer Science
Prerequisite Java and Web Programming - good modelling skills
Duation min 10 weeks, up to 6 months - scope can be tuned


CETIC is currently conducting a research project named SimQRI with German partners. The objective is to quantify the risk and deal with the impact on the chains of complex industrial suplly chains, including the procurement part. The project is actively developping a risk simulation tool to model supply/production processes and measure different types of risks (see figure below). The tool is based on a very efficient simulation engine (including probing of risk related indicators) feeding a Monte Carlo based sampling. Everything is implemented in functional language Scala.


The goal of the work (internship or master thesis) is to enrich this framework with a tool able to support risk identification that will drive the simulation. These risks are identified via a hazard analysis process performed on a model of the company’s business objectives as described in this paper. Once the simulation data have been collected, they should also be presented in connection with those risks and the related business goals.


More precisely, the student will have to :

  • Understand what a business continuity plan (approach according to ENISA) and the process for establishing it
  • Understand how the simulator works
  • Propose a methodology to defined define the simulations to run and data to collect (i.e. simulation variantes and probes) and propose a report template adapted to the domain
  • Implement a prototype combining the goal/risk model, simulator and report generator.

The work will have both methodological and technical dimensions. Depending on the student profile, the focus may be more on one side or the other. The student will have the opportunity to interact with other researchers from different universities and companies (see supervision).


The work will possibly involve the interaction with researcher from CETIC, Univserity of Madrid, Univeristy of Aachen (IFU) and Fraunhoffer IPT in Aachen. Application is open to all but especially to student from those organisations. At least the implementation part of the work should be realised at CETIC in order to benefit from the support the tool experts.


Contact : Christophe Ponsard