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Physical and Cyber Security Workshop: presentations and discussions on Physical and Cyber Security of Systems



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Speakers: Prof David Stupples, City, University of London , Prof Muttukrishnan Rajarajan and Shahzaib Tahir, City, University of London , Prof Tom Chen, City, University of London, Prof Ali Hessami, City, University of London and Vega Systems, Konstantin Pozdniakov, City, University of London , Mohamed Ghanem, City, University of London

Research Centre: Systems and Control Research Centre

Title: Physical and Cyber Security Workshop: Presentation and Discussion on Physical and Cyber Security of Systems


Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks contain computers and applications that perform key functions in providing essential services and commodities (e.g., electricity, natural gas, gasoline, water, waste treatment, transportation etc). As such, they are part of the nation’s critical infrastructure and require protection from a variety of threats that exist in cyber space today. By allowing the collection and analysis of data and control of equipment such as pumps and valves from remote locations, SCADA networks provide great efficiency and are widely used. However, they also present a security risk.

An important aspect of cyber security for critical infrastructure protection focuses on a basic understanding and awareness of real-world threats and vulnerabilities that exist within the industrial automation and control system architectures used in most process industries and manufacturing facilities. These issues face the Distribution Control Systems (DCS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA) that comprise most industrial environments, and impact not on the common IT infrastructure like Windows-based computers and network appliances (switches, routers and firewalls), but also embedded "proprietary" equipment such as programmable logic controllers (PLC), remote terminal units (RTU), intelligent electrical device (IED), basic process controllers (BPCS, safety instrumented systems (SIS), operator panels, and ancillary systems that are the basis of most integrated ICS architectures. A number of speakers will give presentations on topics related to Physical and Cyber Security of Systems and this will follow by a round table discussion.


14.00-14.10: Coffee/Tea

14.10-14.15: Introduction

14.15-14.45:  Prof David Stupples:  “Urban Electronic Warfare”

14.45-15.15:  Prof Muttukrishnan Rajarajan and Shahzaib Tahir: “Privacy Preserving Search in Large Encrypted Databases”

15.15-15.45: Prof Tom Chen: “Cyber compellence and deterrence”

15.45-16.00: Break

16.00-16.30: Prof Ali Hessami (City & Vega Systems): “Integrated framework for Security Assurance”

16.30-17.00: Konstantin Pozdniakov (Research Student): “Smart cyber security audit  system”

17.00-17.30: Mohamed Ghanem (Research Student): “Towards an Intelligent Penetration Testing System Using Reinforcement Learning”

17.30-18.00: Overall Discussion, Conclusions

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When and where

2.00pm - 6.00pmThursday 23rd March 2017

ELG09 Drysdale Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom