Security Models for SCADA and other Industrial Con
at ORAU/ORISE DoD Programs

Date Posted: 12/2/2018

Opportunity Description

Security Models for SCADA and other Industrial Control Systems A fellowship opportunity is available with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) located in Adelphi, MD. ARL is seeking a postdoc or a senior researcher with a background in Engineering, Mathematics or Computer Science. Industrial Control Systems (ICSs) are a general class of cyber-physical control systems that include SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems, building control systems, electronic home monitoring systems, industrial production line equipment, the national electrical grid, and many more automated electronic systems that control crucial infrastructure and services. In general, ICSs were designed to be used in isolation from computer networks. Modern ICSs, however, often have cyber-network components and their systems are often connected to external networks with little or no cyber-security precautions. This exposes the underlying physical systems to highly capable attackers. A transition in design and operation of ICSs must occur in order for these interconnected systems to be safe. Since the processes being controlled are often controlling critical elements, it is very important to design reliable methods for monitoring and designing these systems, especially since the volume of control systems continues to grow in the ever-expanding Internet-of-Things. The goal of this research opportunity is to develop practical security models of ICSs that can be used to measure relevant internal security properties of the systems. Some example metrics are: reliability of the system process, vulnerability of the cyber-physical system to attack, robustness of the control system, and resilience of the process availability to attacks. Sample methods of security modelling include game theory, petri nets, risk estimate models, attack graphs.

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About Us

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research participation programs for civilians such as:

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Program that allow senior scientists, faculty; high school, bachelor’s, masters’ and doctoral students, and recent graduates to enhance their science education experience in projects and activities at our Department of Defense (DOD) and other Government and Private Industry customers’ laboratories and research facilities worldwide.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) allow Postdoctoral Fellows, Journeyman Fellows (undergraduate and graduates students and recent graduates), Senior Researchers, and Summer Faculty engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. Scientists and engineers at ARL help shape and execute the Army's program for meeting the challenge of developing technologies that will support Army forces in meeting future operational needs.

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