Intelligent security measures for smart cyber physical systems

Muhammad Shafique, Faiq Khalid, Semeen Rehman

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The exponential growth of cyber-physical systems (CPS), especially in safety-critical applications, has imposed several security threats (like manipulation of communication channels, hardware components, and associated software) due to complex cybernetics and the interaction among (independent) CPS domains. These security threats have led to the development of different static as well as adaptive detection and protection techniques on different layers of the CPS stack, e.g., cross-layer and intra-layer connectivity. This paper first presents a brief overview of various security threats at different CPS layers, their respective threat models and associated research challenges to develop robust security measures. Moreover, this paper provides a brief yet comprehensive survey of the state-of-the-art static and adaptive techniques for detection and prevention, and their inherent limitations, i.e., incapability to capture the dormant or uncertainty-based runtime security attacks. To address these challenges, this paper also discusses the intelligent security measures (using machine learning-based techniques) against several characterized attacks on different layers of the CPS stack. Furthermore, we identify the associated challenges and open research problems in developing intelligent security measures for CPS. Towards the end, we provide an overview of our project on security for smart CPS along with important analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 21st Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design, DSD 2018
EditorsNikos Konofaos, Martin Novotny, Amund Skavhaug
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538673768
StatePublished - Oct 12 2018
Event21st Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design, DSD 2018 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Aug 29 2018Aug 31 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - 21st Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design, DSD 2018


Conference21st Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design, DSD 2018
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


  • Attack Surface
  • Attacks
  • Autonomous Vehicle
  • CPS
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Deep Learning
  • DNNs
  • Intelligent Measures
  • Machine Learning
  • Neural Networks
  • Security
  • Static and Dynamic Techniques

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture


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