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Tech Talk: A SCADA System Testbed for Cybersecurity and Forensic Research and Pedagogy

March 2, 2017 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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Host: Computer Society and Power & Energy Society


In this presentation, I will talk about a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) testbed recently built at the University of New Orleans. The testbed consists of models of three industrial physical processes: a gas pipeline, a power transmission and distribution system, and a wastewater treatment plant–these systems are fully-functional and implemented at small-scale. It utilizes real-world industrial equipment such as transformers, programmable logic controllers (PLC), aerators, etc., bringing it closer to modeling real-world SCADA systems. Sensors, actuators, and PLCs are deployed at each physical process system for local control and monitoring, and the PLCs are also connected to a computer running human-machine interface (HMI) software for monitoring the status of the physical processes. The testbed is a useful resource for cybersecurity research, forensic research, and education on different aspects of SCADA systems such as PLC programming, protocol analysis, and demonstration of cyber attacks.

Short Bio:

Dr. Irfan Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Orleans (UNO). He is also the director of Cyber-physical systems lab at UNO and associate director of Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance (GNOCIA). His research interests include industrial control system security, digital forensics, malware, and cybersecurity education. 

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March 2, 2017
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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