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Cyber-Physical Systems Security @ Boise State University

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Advances in networking, computing, and control systems have enabled a broad range of new devices. From automobiles to medical devices, we are surrounded by smart networked systems with embedded sensors, processors, and actuators which sense and interact with the physical world. While these advances bring us greater safety and productivity, they also bring increased vulnerability to cyber-physical attacks. The consequences of unintentional faults or malicious attacks could have a severe impact on human lives and the environment. Proactive and coordinated efforts are needed to strengthen security and reliance of the cyber-physical systems that fill our everyday lives.

Boise State University has begun several major initiatives in Cyber-Physical Systems Security to meet these demands. These include comprehensive laboratory capabilities; educational activities; and a number of faculty working on important research questions.

For industry, a new certificate series related to the security of cyber-physical systems is being offered, a result of a collaborative effort between the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Computer Science, Mathematics, and Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. With tracks constructed specifically for students studying mathematics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science, most STEM majors easily can add these credentials to their undergraduate learning portfolio and graduate with the necessary “cyber awareness” to take on real-world challenges.

The curriculum includes a variety of topics, including cryptography, industrial controls, smart grids, vehicle controller area networks (CAN), hacking, threat modeling and more.

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Contact Dr. Sin Ming Loo
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department