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Interdisciplinary Management Research on System Security of Cyber-Physical Systems


Term:

Spring

Department:

6: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Faculty Supervisor:

Stuart Madnick

Faculty email:

smadnick@mit.edu

Apply by:

2-21-2020

Contact:

Please email Shaharyar Khan (shkhan@mit.edu) with 1) your CV, 2) a short writing sample (can be something you have written for a

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: The primary goal for this research position is to operationalize our customized STAMP-based (System-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes) Cybersafety method. In the past, large, complex equipment (such as gas turbines and industrial chillers) that are typically found in industrial facilities have been analyzed using the Cybersafety method. The goal now is to apply this thinking to the whole-product system, including both upstream and downstream operations and explore the complex interdependencies between critical infrastructures. In addition, we intend to apply the learnings from this project to other use-cases such as manufacturing facilities, financial services (such as Banking-as-a-service etc.). The student will work closely with researchers helping with the main project goals as well as in a support role through literature reviews and data analysis. The candidate should be comfortable summarizing and synthesizing large amounts of information into condensed presentations or documents. Excellent writing and communication skills required, with a desire to work in the field of cybersecurity. Qualifications: We need students who are self-starters and who will take the initiative to accomplish projects. Required skills include: attention to details, critical thinking, excellent reading comprehension, writing skills, and communication skills. A familiarity with industrial operations, electric power systems, PLC and SCADA programming and cybersecurity is strongly desired (though not required—you will learn on the job). We are particularly interested in working with motivated and organized students who are committed to doing research. This role will be open during IAP and through the Spring semester. Please email Shaharyar Khan (shkhan@mit.edu) with 1) your CV, 2) a short writing sample (can be something you have written for another class or project and 3) a brief description of your interest in the project. Feel free to ask questions.

Pre-requisites

We need students who are self-starters and who will take the initiative to accomplish projects. Required skills include: attention to details, critical thinking, excellent reading comprehension, writing skills, and communication skills. A familiarity with industrial operations, electric power systems, PLC and SCADA programming and cybersecurity is strongly desired (though not required—you will learn on the job). We are particularly interested in working with motivated and organized students who are committed to doing research. This role will be open during IAP and through the Spring semester.