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AI-Driven Cybersecurity and Reliability Analysis for Critical Infrastructures

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Intelligent Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 August 2023) | Viewed by 3998

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Institute of Applied Informatics, Department of Computer Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Interests: artificial intelligence; next-generation IoT systems; wireless sensor networks; cognitive radio; signal processing
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Dear Colleagues,

The implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) in critical infrastructures(CI) such as the smart power grid has seen exponential growth. Thus, it is not surprising that many recent cyber-attacks are IoT-enabled; the attacker initially exploits vulnerable IoT technology and then breaches a critical device that is linked to it in some way. Such attacks present a serious threat for certain industries, such as smart grids, transportation, and medical services, as IoT technologies constitute part of essential backend systems in these areas.

This Special Issue aims to address research on the role of IoT in critical infrastructures. As the capabilities of the distributed systems grow, data can be stored locally with the edge without affecting the transmission of private data. Processing consumer data locally will restrict its use by the machine learning model, a process known as federated learning. In this category of learning, models are trained and deployed directly in remote devices with respect to maintaining consumer data locally.  “Device” here refers to any distributed system with the leverage to deliver the benefits of federated learning.

Dr. Uttam Ghosh
Dr. Amrit Mukherjee
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Keywords

  • machine learning
  • cybersecurity
  • AI
  • critical infrastructure
  • smart grid
  • reliability analysis
  • wearable medical device

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Predicting Cybersecurity Threats in Critical Infrastructure for Industry 4.0: A Proactive Approach Based on Attacker Motivations
by Adel Alqudhaibi, Majed Albarrak, Abdulmohsan Aloseel, Sandeep Jagtap and Konstantinos Salonitis
Sensors 2023, 23(9), 4539; https://doi.org/10.3390/s23094539 - 06 May 2023
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Abstract
In Industry 4.0, manufacturing and critical systems require high levels of flexibility and resilience for dynamic outcomes. Industrial Control Systems (ICS), specifically Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, are commonly used for operation and control of Critical Infrastructure (CI). However, due to [...] Read more.
In Industry 4.0, manufacturing and critical systems require high levels of flexibility and resilience for dynamic outcomes. Industrial Control Systems (ICS), specifically Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, are commonly used for operation and control of Critical Infrastructure (CI). However, due to the lack of security controls, standards, and proactive security measures in the design of these systems, they have security risks and vulnerabilities. Therefore, efficient and effective security solutions are needed to secure the conjunction between CI and I4.0 applications. This paper predicts potential cyberattacks and threats against CI systems by considering attacker motivations and using machine learning models. The approach presents a novel cybersecurity prediction technique that forecasts potential attack methods, depending on specific CI and attacker motivations. The proposed model’s accuracy in terms of False Positive Rate (FPR) reached 66% with the trained and test datasets. This proactive approach predicts potential attack methods based on specific CI and attacker motivations, and doubling the trained data sets will improve the accuracy of the proposed model in the future. Full article
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