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Process for Analysis of Systemic Risk on and Vulnerability in Cyber-Physical-Human Systems

Process for Analysis of Systemic Risk on and Vulnerability in Cyber-Physical-Human Systems


Unmet Need: Systemic Cybersecurity Analysis

In the 21st century, there is a real and continuous threat of cyber-attacks against government, public utility and corporate entities. Global ransomware damage costs are predicted to exceed $5 billion in 2017, which is up from $325 million in 2015 according to CSO Online. Cyber-Physical-Human Systems like water treatment facilities, chemical manufacturing factories, or aviation networks are massively important to the United States Infrastructure, but lack a systemic-wide understanding of their vulnerability for a cyber-attack.

The Technology: Local Control and Estimation Performance in Dynamical Networks

Researchers at WSU have developed a local control and estimation performance in dynamical networks to discover the natural fault-lines and intrinsic weakness in cyber-physical based systems.

This vulnerability map of the system generates an attack surface model that highlights 1) where to attack the system, and 2) how to attack the system, i.e. what values to change on specific variables in specific locations at specific times to launch a coordinated effort that achieves a specific objective, such as triggering cascading failures creating a denial of service, or driving certain critical variables to specific values in a stealthy manner, etc.


•         Avionics

•         Chemical Manufacturing

•         Water Treatment Facilities


•         Power networks, air transportation networks, water distribution systems

•         Able to detect intrinsic weakness in cyber-physical based systems

•         Generated a detailed vulnerability map

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