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EPSRC Reference: EP/N020138/1
Title: Security by Design for Interconnected Critical Infrastructures
Principal Investigator: Chana, Dr D
Other Investigators:
Hankin, Professor C
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Singapore University of Tech & Design
Department: Institute for Security Science and Tech
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 July 2016 Ends: 31 July 2018 Value (£): 203,506
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Fundamentals of Computing Networks & Distributed Systems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy Information Technologies
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
14 Oct 2015 Singapore-UK Cyber Security Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The objective of the proposed collaborative work is to advance the state of the art in the design of secure

interconnected public infrastructures. The focus is on Security-by-Design. While security-by-design is not a new

concept, the approach proposed here and its context, are and especially so in the context of interconnected

public infrastructure.

The increasing commoditisation of components for critical infrastructures has led to the widespread use

of embedded computers in such systems. These computers are often interconnected using wireless

communications or ethernet. This trend has been accelerated by the need for remote maintenance

capability and regular upgrades of systems. An undesirable consequence has been that critical infrastructures

have become interconnected and interdependent. The result of an attack on one infrastructure may well have

cascading effects on others. Understanding such interdependencies and developing new design

methodologies to avoid the possibility of cascading security failures is central to this proposal.

The objective will be met through the following key steps: (a) modeling based on abstraction from system design

for security analysis, (b) impact and response analysis across interconnected infrastructures using the model, and

(c) upgrading of the initial design to improve system resilience to cyber attacks. A significant outcome of the above

approach will be a software prototype that implements the steps mentioned above and the integration of such tools

with state of the art existing design tools. The methodology and the tools developed will be assessed for their

effectiveness and practical utility through experiments designed jointly by the research teams from Imperial and

SUTD. The experiments will be conducted on state of the art testbeds available at SUTD for power and water.

Generalized attack models, in contrast to specific models that exist today, will be used to create objectively designed

cyber attacks to assess the resilience of interconnected systems when one or multiple systems are under attack.
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