Virtual ICS test bed

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Brooks, Roxanne
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Douglas W. Jacobson
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) contains two focuses. The focus on Electrical Engineering teaches students in the fields of control systems, electromagnetics and non-destructive evaluation, microelectronics, electric power & energy systems, and the like. The Computer Engineering focus teaches in the fields of software systems, embedded systems, networking, information security, computer architecture, etc.

The Department of Electrical Engineering was formed in 1909 from the division of the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering. In 1985 its name changed to Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. In 1995 it became the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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  • Department of Electrical Engineering (1909-1985)
  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering (1985-1995)

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Many organizations utilize Building Automation Systems (BAS) to ensure that all the systems in the building are functioning properly, for example their Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning (HVAC) systems. More advanced versions of these systems, known as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems have been architected to monitor intricate industrial processes and critical energy systems. While some security standards, such as NIST, have been developed, both BAS and SCADA systems are vulnerable to being compromised, especially if they have been networked through the Internet. Compounding the challenge, most of these Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are proprietary, which translates into organizations being unable to test their vulnerability for themselves.

The objective of this project was to construct a high-fidelity model of a complex Industrial Control System based on the system currently in place at Iowa State University. This would allow Iowa State an opportunity to test the fortitude of their industrial systems. This project, therefore, was designed to create a functioning virtual model of the systems within two buildings at Iowa State University. Additional constraints on this effort included working within the existing ISERink environment and utilization of OpenPLC, the only known open source PLC tool available at this time.

This project successfully created a fully functional virtual model, including:

• Identification and selection of tools (Modbus Master Simulator and ScadaBR)

• Configuration of tools

• Integration of tools

• Creation of a test data set

• Connections among the data

• Generation of alerts for centralized monitoring

• System testing

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