When the CIRI team at the University of Illinois developed the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security-funded Cyber Secure Dashboard, it was initially meant to be a tool to aid small and medium companies in meeting the cybersecurity standards detailed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Cybersecurity is a concern for all business, from multi-national corporations like Target to the mom-and-pop store down the street. That’s why the government developed and published the National Institute of Science and Technologies (NIST) Cyber Security Framework, a cyber risk management standard for companies to follow to ensure the safety of them and their customers online. Unfortunately, meeting the NIST CSF standard is a challenge for most small businesses.
In cyber-physical control systems, such as those used in manufacturing, cyber-attacks have the potential to harm equipment and people. To detect and thwart these attacks, researchers often utilize virtualized testbeds to simulate attacks, especially those that leverage software flaws.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), in collaboration with the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC), has announced the winners of EPRI’s first Cyber Security Research Challenge, which offers technical and financial support to specific research projects. This Challenge enables greater collaboration between EPRI and academic institutions to identify and address capability gaps in existing strategies for protecting grid operations.
Recently, more than 100 faculty received the exciting news that they would be promoted to either associate or full professor. For CSL’s Grace Gao, her promotion came with an additional achievement.
During the annual College of Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony, ITI researcher and CSL Director Klara Nahrstedt was honored with the Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award.
Called “as close to the Nobel Prize as you can get in this college” by the event’s MC and the college’s Executive Associate Dean Philippe H. Geubelle, this award is given to a faculty member who has received national or international acclaim for dedication to academic excellence through teaching and research, and who has made exemplary contributions to the understanding of their field.
Earlier this month, the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute held its annual meeting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The event, titled the CIRI Symposium on Resilience of Critical Infrastructures, drew nearly 100 participants from academia, government, and the private sector to hear about CIRI projects, to discuss pressing critical infrastructure challenges, and to explore new opportunities to collaborate.
CIRI researchers Adam Rose and Noah Dormady are developing a tool - the Business Resilience Calculator (BRC) - to measure and assess the resilience of a business in the face of a disruption, such as a natural disaster, infrastructure collapse, or terrorist attack. The BRC will allow businesses to precisely measure their resilience by assessing the potential economic impact of damage to critical infrastructure.
From self-driving cars to intelligent robotic assistants to remote surgical systems, autonomous technology will revolutionize the way we live, work, and play. In order to enable this revolution, however, advancements in foundational research and workforce development must first take place to provide assured and certified-safe performance.