Critical infrastructure such as water, power, transportation networks etc. are an important feature of any city. In general, these infrastructures are interdependent on each other, and are susceptible to either cyber or physical attacks.

This project is carried out in collaboration with Imperial College London. It aims to advance the state of the art in the design of secure interconnected public infrastructures, such as water and power plants. (iTrust has operational water treatment and distribution testbeds for research; the power testbed is expected to be operational by end-2016.) Its novelty lies in the application of security by design – adoption of security features as early as the design and construction stage – on interconnected public infrastructures.

The objective will be met through the following key steps: (a) modelling based on abstraction from system design for security analysis; (b) impact and response analysis across interconnected infrastructures using the model; and (c) upgrading of the initial design to improve system resilience to cyber attacks.