DLS Series: Toward Maintaining Control of Industrial Control Systems

Event Date: 
Fri, 2018-03-16 11:15 - 12:30

Location: 100 Hancock
Dr. Raheem Beyah, Georgia Tech


Industrial control system (ICS) networks used in critical infrastructures such as the power grid present a unique set of security challenges. The distributed networks are difficult to physically secure, legacy equipment can make cryptography and regular patches virtually impossible, and compromises can result in catastrophic physical damage. In this talk, I will discuss the expanded attack surface of control systems. Further, I will present several approaches to improving the security of ICSs, including ICS-specific fingerprinting techniques and PLC program anomaly detection. Finally, I will present observations from a multi-year network substation traffic characterization.


Raheem Beyah, a native of Atlanta, Ga., is the Motorola Foundation Professor and Interim Chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech where he leads the Communications Assurance and Performance Group (CAP) and is a member of the Institute for Information Security & Privacy (IISP). He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in 1998. He received his Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Dr. Beyah has served as a Guest Editor for MONET and the IEEE Network Magazine. He has also served as an Associate Editor for several journals in his fields of interest. His research interests include network security, cyber-physical systems security, network traffic characterization and performance, and critical infrastructure security. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2009 and was selected for DARPA's Computer Science Study Panel in 2010. He is a member of AAAS, ASEE, a lifetime member of NSBE, a senior member of IEEE, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. Dr. Beyah is a member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Cyber Security Advisory Council and serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Control System Cyber Security Association International (CS)^2AI.