Industrial Control Systems & SCADA Cyber Security

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Dr Elena Sitnikova


Description of Work: 


Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) is an internationally recognised interdisciplinary research and teaching Centre, specialising in a broad range of areas in Cyber Security. ACCS is seeking prospective PhD students that are interested to undertake in the newly available research project of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and SCADA cyber security.

Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and SCADA that operate within national critical infrastructure are the systems that help monitor and control electrical grids, oil and gas pipelines, water distribution networks, transport and mission-critical military systems. These differ significantly from standard, general-purpose IT systems, thus face quite different challenges in cyber space. 

ICS/SCADA cyber security is one of the key research areas at ACCS and prospective students have wide scope to select a topic within this field.  Some areas of current research activity include: intrusion detection (IDS) and situational awareness (combination of IDS and Threat Intelligence); simulation and machine learning techniques; cyber-physical system interaction and HMI vulnerability.

Applicants with excellent research potential can apply for Scholarships from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra. Further information about the available Scholarships and how to apply, is available at:


Desired Expected Background: 

A background in cyber security, operation control systems, IT and/or information technology; knowledge in Matlab/Simulink and Python programming are desirable.