Security Models for SCADA and other Industrial Con
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 4/2/2019

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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