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EPSRC Reference: EP/M002845/1
Title: SCEPTICS: A SystematiC Evaluation Process for Threats to Industrial Control Systems
Principal Investigator: Roberts, Professor C
Other Investigators:
Zhang, Professor X Chothia, Dr TC Ryan, Professor M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
L-3 TRL Technology National Grid Rail Safety & Standards Board
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd UK
Department: Electronic, Electrical and Computer Eng
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2014 Ends: 30 September 2017 Value (£): 395,222
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Control Engineering Fundamentals of Computing
Modelling & simul. of IT sys. Networks & Distributed Systems
Power Sys Man, Prot & Control
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Information Technologies
Transport Systems and Vehicles Energy
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
23 Jun 2014 TICS Research Institute Phase 2 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Industrial Control Systems underpin almost all aspects of life in the UK, the power network operated by the National Grid and the rail network, which is over seen by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) are two key examples of this.

In this project we will work with the National Grid and RSSB to perform a detailed security analysis of their systems, looking for possible points of cyber attack and building an understanding of the impact of possible failures. This will lead to better security for these important systems.

Based on what we learn from this analysis we will work with the company Level 3 TRL and Parsons Brinckerhoff to generalise our methods into business processes that other owners of industrial control systems can use to help ensure their systems are safe from cyber attacks.

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