Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Designing and Developing Virtual and Real Testbeds for Industrial Control Systems Education and Training
by Kirkland, Matthew J., M.S., University of Idaho, 2019, 94; 27668647
Abstract (Summary)

Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are increasingly being targeted by cyber-attacks. The demand for highly qualifed cybersecurity professionals, needed to secure these systems, is at an all-time high. Current ICS cybersecurity education and training on ICS is costly and not currently available at scale. This thesis attempts to solve this problem by providing accessible training testbeds for ICS cybersecurity education. This proposed solution is covered in the span of 3 major contributions.

(1) A thorough and structured literature review on the state of ICS testbeds was performed. (2) Based on those findings, a virtualized testbed, vWaterLab, meeting the common criteria of modern educational systems related to ICS, was created. (3) A detailed risk-informed design of a physically-enabled iteration of vWaterLab, called CacTiE, is provided. CacTiE, having built upon the lessons learned with vWaterLab, is more accessible and economic for smaller organizations. The construction of CacTiE is outlined and discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Conte de Leon, Daniel
Commitee: Haney, Michael, Chakhchoukh, Yacine
School: University of Idaho
Department: Computer Science
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: MAI 82/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Computer science
Keywords: Cybersecurity, ICS education, ICS testbed, Industrial control systems (ICS), Physical testbed, Virtual testbed
Publication Number: 27668647
ISBN: 9798662416659
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