Critical Infrastructure Protection

Information sharing is an increasing necessity for researchers in cybersecurity across the globe.

To this end, the DETER project offers probably the most advanced and well-developed platform for developing, deploying, supporting and widely disseminating transformative tools and methodologies for experimentation and test. DETER is open to facilitate international cooperation.

13.30 Welcome

          Dick Brandt, chair IIPVV

13.40 DETER platform and on cyber experimentation for the future.

Terry Benzel, Deputy Director Computer Networks Division, ISI, USC
In the first presentation, Ms. Terry Benzel will describe the DETER Cybersecurity Project. The DETER Project architects, develops and operates DeterLab, an advanced cybersecurity testbed facility, where leading researchers and academics conduct critical cybersecurity experimentation and educational exercises. DeterLab emulates real-world complexity and scale necessary to evolve next generation solutions to help protect against sophisticated cyber attacks and network design vulnerabilities. Ms. Benzel will describe the project, its research, development, and operations and will highlight the user community (over two thousand users, 130 educational classes, and hundreds of different institutions) use cases and research results.  She will end the presentation with an overview of a recently completed study on requirements for Cyber Experimentation of the Future.

14.00 Projects related to Resilient Infrastructure Processes and Systems at AACL

Anuradha Annaswamy, Director of Active-adaptive Control Laboratory (AACL), MIT
In the second presentation, Anuradha Annaswamy, will describe projects related to Resilient Infrastructure Processes and Systems at AACL. As we move deeper into the 21st century, critical infrastructures related to energy and transportation are becoming smart – by monitoring themselves, communicating, and most importantly self‐governing. Ongoing projects at AACL pertain to the analysis and synthesis of smart infrastructures. These include the investigation of approaches that involve empowered consumers, multi-timescales, synchronization, distributed learning, optimization, and control, and interdependent coupling between cyber and physical components. In this talk, building blocks of smart infrastructures, emerging concepts, and resilient decision and control architectures will be presented.  Associated research challenges, opportunities, and recent successes in the area of Smart Grids and Smart Cities will be discussed.

14.20 Panel discusses the need (and the availability) of common platforms for research in cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure.



14:40  Track wrap-up
           Dick Brandt, chair IIPVV


14.45 Knowledge market/networktime/tea


Chaired by Sandro Etalle

Sandro Etalle is full professor and head of the Security group at the Eindhoven Technical University and at the University of Twente. He holds an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Padova and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam. Etalle worked for the of Genova (Italy), Amsterdam, and Maastricht and Twente, and was visiting professor at the University of Trento. Since  2007 he works at the Technical University of Eindhoven. In 2009, Etalle founded SecurityMatters, together with his PhD students Damiano Bolzoni and Emmanuele Zambon. With SecurityMatters, he won in 2012 the COMMIT Science Valorization prize. Prof. Etalle is one of the authors of the Dutch “National Cyber Security Research Agenda”, he has been leader of several National and EU projects program chair of several international conferences.