Projects – In Progress

Secure icon in human head chalk drawingAn Automated Synthesis Framework for Network Security and Resilience Analysis
Matt Caesar and Dong (Kevin) Jin

We propose to develop the analysis methodology needed to support scientific reasoning about the resilience and security of networks, with a particular focus on network control and information/data flow. The core of this vision is an automated synthesis framework (ASF), which will automatically
derive network state and repairs from a set of specified correctness requirements and security policies. ASF consists of a set of techniques for performing and integrating security and resilience analyses applied at different layers (i.e., data forwarding, network control, programming language, and application software) in a real-time and automated fashion. The ASF approach is exciting because developing it adds to the theoretical underpinnings of SoS, while using it supports the practice of SoS.

A Monitoring Fusion and Response Framework to Provide Cyber Resiliency
William Sanders

We believe that diversity and redundancy can help us prevent an attacker from hiding all of his or her traces. Therefore, we will strategically deploy diverse security monitors and build a set of techniques to combine information originating at the monitors. We have shown that we can formulate monitor deployment as a constrained optimization problem wherein the objective function is the utility of monitors in detecting intrusions. In this project, we will develop methods to select and place diverse monitors at different architectural levels in the system and evaluate the trustworthiness of the data generated by the monitors. We will build event aggregation and correlation algorithms to achieve inferences for intrusion detection. Those algorithms will combine the events and alerts generated by the deployed monitors with important system-related information, including information on the system architecture, users, and vulnerabilities. Since the rule-based detection systems fail to detect novel attacks, we will adapt and extend existing anomaly detection methods. We will build on our previous SoS-funded work that resulted in the development of the special-purpose intrusion detection methods.

Uncertainty in Security Analysis
David Nicol

Cyber-physical system (CPS) security lapses may lead to catastrophic failure. We are interested in the scientific basis for discovering unique CPS security vulnerabilities to dynamics-aware attacks that alter behaviors of components in ways that lead to instability, unsafe behavior, and ultimately diminished availability. Our project advances this scientific basis through security-metrics-driven design and evaluation of CPS, based on formalization of adversary classes and security metrics. We propose to define metrics, and then develop and study static and dynamic analysis algorithms that provide formal guarantees on them with respect to different adversary classes.