“10.12.20”@3pm, AS: Seminar & CEID social hour: “Hardware-based solutions for critical infrastructure security”, Mihalis Maniatakos, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi

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Seminar & CEID social hour


Date-place: Friday 10 January, 3-5pm, Building Β (Room AS)

Speaker: Mihalis Maniatakos, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi

Title: Hardware-based solutions for critical infrastructure security

Summary: Cyberattacks on critical infrastructure can have a debilitating effect on national economic security, public health, and safety. The underlying processes of the various critical infrastructure sectors are controlled by Industrial Control Systems (ICS). ICS are transitioning from legacy, electromechanical-based systems to modern information and communication technology-based systems, creating a close coupling between cyber and physical components. This transition greatly expands the attack surface of such systems, as cyberattacks targeting commercial-off-the-shelf hardware and software are well-known. In this talk, we present hardware-based solutions for critical infrastructure embedded systems, presenting case studies on cyberattacks and defenses for two critical infrastructure sectors: the power grid and the chemical sector. We also discuss the need for an accurate assessment environment, achieved through the inclusion of Hardware-In-The-Loop testbeds.

About the speaker:   Michail (Mihalis) Maniatakos is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi, UAE, and a Research Associate Professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, New York, USA. He is the Director of the MoMA Laboratory (nyuad.nyu.edu/momalab), NYU Abu Dhabi. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, as well as M.Sc., M.Phil. degrees from Yale University. He also received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science and Embedded Systems, respectively, from the University of Piraeus, Greece. His research interests, funded by industrial partners, the US government, and the UAE government include privacy-preserving computation and industrial control systems security.

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