Computer scientists from Newcastle University are leading a £13.4m EU project designed to make technology from mobile phones to satellites more robust and reliable.
With today's computer systems increasingly complex and often susceptible to malicious attacks, it is more important to build-in resilience from the outset, rather than simply "adding it on" at a later date, said the researchers.
The Deploy project, led by the School of Computing Science, will work across five sectors of industry. These are transportation, the automotive industry, space, telecommunications and business information.
The project builds upon a successful three-year project just completed by the university, which created new ways of building fault tolerance into computer systems.
The project work now being carried out will feed into projects such as the 2013 European Space Agency's mission to explore Mercury, and train security on the Paris Metro.