CERCES responds to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency’s (MSBs) intention to finance a program of research on information security in the industrial information and control systems area. The center's research is organized into four main activities that focus on security in embedded systems, wireless communication, communication and computing infrastructures, and control of cyber-physical systems.
By cooperating with the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), the center will be firmly entrenched in today's industrial control systems, but the activities are forward-looking and intend to identify emerging threats, such as the wireless infrastructure in the control system. The center is not limited to a particular critical infrastructure, but intends to develop tools that can be applied widely in the control systems in e.g. smart grids, water distribution networks, and traffic systems.
Expected results include methods for safety verification of embedded processes in control and measuring equipment, safety solutions for wireless communication in industrial systems, new security solutions for SCADA systems, and methods for designing resilient automatic control system with the ability to identify and mitigate the effects of cyber-attacks and unexpected failures.