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Development of a Software Tool for Identifying Cybersecurity Requirements in Cyber-Physical Systems


Term:

Summer

Department:

15: Management

Faculty Supervisor:

Stuart Madnick

Faculty email:

smadnick@mit.edu

Apply by:

06/05/2020

Contact:

Shaharyar Khan: khkhan@mit.edu, include your CV, describe prior programming projects/development of web applications, & why you are interested in this project

Project Description

Recent cyber-physical attacks such as Stuxnet, Triton etc., have unearthed a new ground reality – advanced cyber adversaries do not only have the potential, but the motivation to attack critical infrastructure (including power, gas and water distribution etc.) to cause physical damage and/or disruption of critical services. There is an urgent need to holistically re-analyze, re-engineer and re-design the complex control systems that enable delivery of critical services. Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan (CAMS) is at the forefront of developing ‘systems thinking’ methods, tools and techniques to protect complex critical infrastructure. We seek undergraduate researchers interested in advancing this research. We have several opportunities for interested UROP students. Contact us if you are interested in knowing more. 1) Cyber-Physical Systems: In the past, large, complex equipment (such as gas turbines and industrial chillers) that are typically found in industrial facilities have been analyzed in a limited fashion using our customized STAMP-based (System-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes) Cybersafety method. The primary goal for this research position is to operationalize the Cybersafety method with a web-based application. The student will work closely with researchers to build a web application to help manage the analysis and keep traceability of cyber-requirements.

Pre-requisites

The candidate should be comfortable developing web applications. Sound programming skills are required, with a desire to work in the field of cybersecurity. We are particularly interested in working with motivated and organized students who are committed to doing research. This role will be open through the Summer and Fall semesters.