Process-Aware cyberattacks for thermal desalination plants

Prashant Rajput, Pankaj Rajput, Marios Sazos, Michail Maniatakos

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Abstract

In 2017, desalination industry was contracted to produce 99.8 million m3/d of fresh water globally. In regions with a natural shortage of fresh water, desalination contributes up to 70% of drinking water. While state-of-the-art research has focused on securing the power grid, water treatment plants, and other critical infrastructure, not much attention has been given towards desalination plants. In this work, we perform interdisciplinary cyber threat analysis on a desalination plant model, presenting cyberattacks and analyzing their effect on the plant performance and equipment both from economics and mechanical engineering perspective. Our analysis shows that cyber actors can perform extensive financial damage by affecting the performance of the plant. We also perform control volume analysis and finite element analysis studies to investigate the possibility of Stuxnet-like attacks with the potential to cause mechanical damage and equipment failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAsiaCCS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages441-452
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367523
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2019
Event2019 ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security, AsiaCCS 2019 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Jul 9 2019Jul 12 2019

Publication series

NameAsiaCCS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security

Conference

Conference2019 ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security, AsiaCCS 2019
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period7/9/197/12/19

Keywords

  • Cyber security
  • Desalination
  • Finite element analysis
  • Industrial control systems
  • Process aware attacks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Rajput, P., Rajput, P., Sazos, M., & Maniatakos, M. (2019). Process-Aware cyberattacks for thermal desalination plants. In AsiaCCS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security (pp. 441-452). (AsiaCCS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3321705.3329805