Technical report: System Aware Cybersecurity

Report No: Technical Report SERC-2016-TR-156

Report Name: System Aware Cybersecurity Transition of System-Aware Technology into Practice (Task 1) and Mission-Level Cybersecurity and Solution & the Selection of Decision Support Tools (Task 2)

Publication Date: November 2016

Project: Security Engineering



The Goals of UVa’s Systems Aware Cybersecurity for Physical Systems (CPS) Efforts: The UVa-led RT-156 research effort focused on advancing solutions that serve the following high-level research objectives:

  • Development of an added layer of security to provide resilience capabilities for the most critical physical system functions
  • Development of a monitor (Sentinel) that can discover illogical system behavior and, upon detection, reconfigure so as to provide desired resilience
  • Provide resilience opportunities by building on cybersecurity, fault tolerant and automatic control system technologies
  • Achieve economy through monitoring and reconfiguring accomplished via a highly secured Sentinel—typically with many more security features than the system being protected can economically employ
  • Address not only network-based attacks, but also insider and supply chain attacks
  • Implement reusable design patterns to enable more economical solution development
  • Development of risk-based support tools involving perspectives of both defenders and attackers that can provide decision support regarding which system functions to protect

The UVa work fell into two major categories– identified in the SOW and in the text below as ‘Task 1’ and ‘Task 2’. Task 1 involved developing protective technologies for a US Army vehicle weapon system that is under development and Task 2 involved Decision Support tools as defined below.

Additional research team:

  • Dr. Peter Beling, University of Virginia
  • Dr. Cody Fleming, University of Virginia