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A multi-modelling based approach to assessing the security of smart buildings

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Mace, Dr Charles Morisset, Dr Ken Pierce, Dr Carl Gamble, Professor John Fitzgerald



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2018.

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Smart buildings are controlled by multiple cyber-physical systems that provide critical services such as heating, ventilation, lighting and access control. These building systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to both cyber and physical attacks. We introduce a multi-model methodology for assessing the security of these systems, which utilises INTO-CPS, a suite of modelling, simulation, and analysis tools for designing cyber-physical systems. Using a fan coil unit case study we show how its security can be systematically assessed when subjected to Man-in-the-Middle attacks on the data connections between system components. We suggest our methodology would enable building managers and security engineers to design attack countermeasures and refine their effectiveness.

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Author(s): Mace JC, Morisset C, Pierce K, Gamble C, Maple C, Fitzgerald J

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Living in the Internet of Things: Cybersecurity of the IoT

Year of Conference: 2018

Pages: 10

Online publication date: 14/06/2018

Acceptance date: 20/02/2018

Date deposited: 12/06/2018

Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology


DOI: 10.1049/cp.2018.0031

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ISBN: 9781785618437