A case study assessing the effects of cyber attacks on a river zonal dispatcher

Ronald Joseph Wright, Ken Keefe, Brett Feddersen, William H. Sanders

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Abstract

A river zonal dispatcher is a system that sends collected environmental data to a national dispatcher and sends warnings in case of danger (such as flooding of river basins). If the system fails to function normally, warnings may cease, putting lives and property in serious peril. We have examined the security of a river zonal dispatcher using the ADVISE modeling formalism in the Möbius modeling tool. This work both illustrates the usefulness of ADVISE in choosing among alternative approaches to system security and provides a quantitative evaluation of the dispatcher itself. In doing so, it shows whether intrusion detection systems (IDSes) make a difference in the behavior of an adversary, and which path of attack is most attractive to particular types of adversaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCritical Information Infrastructures Security - 11th International Conference, CRITIS 2016, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsRoberto Setola, Stephen Wolthusen, Hypatia Nassopoulos, Grigore Havarneanu, Stephen Wolthusen
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Pages252-264
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319713670
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event11th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security, CRITIS 2016 - Paris, France
Duration: Oct 10 2016Oct 12 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10242 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other11th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security, CRITIS 2016
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period10/10/1610/12/16

Keywords

  • Control systems security
  • Discrete event simulation
  • Quantitative security metrics
  • State-based security model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Wright, R. J., Keefe, K., Feddersen, B., & Sanders, W. H. (2017). A case study assessing the effects of cyber attacks on a river zonal dispatcher. In R. Setola, S. Wolthusen, H. Nassopoulos, G. Havarneanu, & S. Wolthusen (Eds.), Critical Information Infrastructures Security - 11th International Conference, CRITIS 2016, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 252-264). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10242 LNCS). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71368-7_21