February 2020 Community Call

February 5th, 2020 11:00am

Junaid Farooq, PhD Candidate, Tandon School of Engineering at New York University (NYU)


Topic: Cyber-Physical Supply Chain Risk Analysis and Mitigation for Internet of Things Networks

Network-connected electronic devices are becoming an essential part of modern infrastructure systems to automate manual processes resulting in improved efficiency and productivity. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an interconnection of different types of devices using communication networks and computing systems to achieve such automated operation. The widespread adoption of the IoT is becoming indispensable in critical infrastructure (CI) systems due to their burgeoning scale and complexity. However, the cyber-physical integration is also opening doors for malicious cyber activity to sabotage their performance and/or operation. The integration of multiple components manufactured and designed separately makes the system extremely vulnerable to cyber-physical attacks. Supply chain linkages in the IoT ecosystem pose a tremendous risk towards the security of IoT-enabled CI. Furthermore, there might be potential collusion between supply chain actors to coordinate and cause damage to the system. Hence, the underlying cyber-physical supply chain linkages need to be uncovered. The cyber vulnerabilities coupled with the physical characteristics and deployment of IoT devices may lead to more severe and complex security threats to the underlying CI. This talk will discuss tools and methodologies that become a basis for developing decision support tools assisting policy and decision-makers in adopting risk minimizing strategies.