Univ. Research Initiatives (URI) Program for
Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)
(May 2001 - April 2006)
This project is part of a multidisciplinary effort to analyze,
understand, and remediate problems concerning protection of critical national
infrastructures. In particular, the overall project includes basic mathematical
and engineering analysis of system structure and properties, analysis of
human factors aspects both of system operations and the acts of intelligent
adversaries including red teams, the design of new practical and more robust
techniques and software systems for detecting intrusions and responding to
restore systems after attacks.
The project goals include:
- Develop models and simulation tools for detection, characterization, and
assessment of vulnerabilities in networked interacting systems. These models
will facilitate development of methods for mitigating potential vulnerabilities
in such systems.
- Develop understanding of the underlying phenomena and technological
opportunities in systems employing hybrid human, physical, and informational
architectures, and build models and simulation environments suited to
- Identify key vulnerabilities and develop principles for reducing vulnerability
to human intrusion in networked systems.
- Explore the use of models and simulation, together with evolving knowledge in
human factors engineering, to replace conventional red teaming in exploring
vulnerabilities of infrastructure systems.
- Synthesize ideas and techniques in pilot studies to establish proof of concept.