SCADA Cyber Security Laboratory

We are one of Australia’s leading academic research groups in information security concentrating on cyber physical systems.

Our research addresses a range of interdisciplinary topics in:

  • information security
  • cryptography
  • network security
  • digital forensics
  • information security management.

Research expertise

Research in information security at QUT has a history of more than 30 years, with significant contributions to most areas in the field.  The SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) Cyber Security Laboratory produces outcomes that includes:

  • design and analysis of cryptographic algorithms and protocols for cyber physical systems
  • cryptanalysis of security mechanisms and proposed standards for cyber physical systems.
  • investigation of cyber attacks and development of extensive attack datasets
  • development of efficient monitoring and detection mechanisms for industrial control systems

We have a strong focus on the security of modern networks. The SCADA Security laboratory consists of multiple vendor system miniatures that are run from industrial PLCs. The major systems contain Siemens S7-1200, Siemens S7-300, Allen Bradley Micrologix 1100, and National Instruments Compact RIO controllers.

The main aim of the laboratory in the short term is to develop labelled attack datasets of control system logs and network traffic captures that can be used for evaluating intrusion detection systems. Long-term goals of the laboratory involve investigating process related intrusion detection and real time mitigation and protection mechanisms for industrial control systems.