Prof Chris Johnson – University of Glasgow
Cyber-security and the Safety of National Critical Infrastructures
In this talk, I will explain the differences that arise when cyber-attacks threaten safety-related critical infrastructures. In most networked systems, it is possible to isolate components and applications when malware is detected. In contrast, it is often very difficult to shut-down or isolate safety-related applications without endangering lives. I will illustrate the tensions that this creates for applications across the aviation and power distribution industries. If time allows, the talk will summarise a range of different attack techniques that have been used on existing infrastructures. I will conclude by identifying a range of future threats that could have knock-on effects across many different safety-related industries.
Chris Johnson is Professor of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the EC SESAR programme and has held fellowships from NASA and the US Air Force. He is assisting the UK Department of Transport in the risk assessment of cyberattacks on national infrastructures. In 2012, he helped the European Network and Information Security Agency develop a system for incident reporting across the telecommunications industries. In 2013, this has been extended to develop techniques for reporting security incidents involving Cloud infrastructures for EC member states.
School of Computing Science & Digital Media, Robert Gordon University, St Andrew Street, Aberdeen, Lecture Room A4, 14:10 – 15:10.