A Security-Operation Center in the Metaverse
At the 2022 IMT Atlantique research seminar, our chairholder Marc-Oliver Pahl presented the research activities around moving Security-Operation Centers to the Metaverse. The research seminar is a yearly event of IMT Atlantique where the school takes a resumée on past research activities and discusses on future research directions. This years edition took place in Rennes from 6.7.2022-7.7.2022.
Security Operation Centers (SOC) are indispensable for the cybersecurity of public and private bodies. Classically, they consist of big screens and multiple work places within larger rooms. The screens show key parameters for monitoring infrastructure components such as networks or machinery. For various reasons, it would be beneficial to enable remote collaboration within SOC environments. However, this is complex as it is unclear how such a collaboration can conceptually and technically be realized.
At the Chair Cybersecurity for Critical Networked Infrastructures (Cyber CNI) we do research on next generation user interfaces for cybersecurity for many years. Currently we focus on the creation of components for a virtual reality-based Security Operation Center. The focus is on meaningful visualizations, intuitive interaction, remote collaboration, and enabling vertical information exchange between different expertise levels. We target situational awareness and risk analysis. This talk presents the overall vision as well as the current steps of our works. It showcases different visualizations and first attempts for meaningful collaborative environments.
About the chair Cybersecurity of Critical Networked Infrastructures (cyberCNI.fr)
The Cyber CNI Chair at IMT Atlantique is devoted to research, innovation, and teaching in the field of the cybersecurity of critical infrastructures, including industrial processes, financial systems, building automation, energy networks, water treatment plants, transportation. The chair covers the full stack from sensors and actuators and their signals over industrial control systems, distributed services at the edge or cloud, to user interfaces with collaborative Mixed Reality, and security policies. The chair currently hosts 9 PhD students, 4 PostDocs, 11 Professors, 1+0.2 engineers, and 1 internship student.
The chair runs a large testbed that enables applied research together with the industry partners. The industry partners of the current third funding round are Airbus, Amossys, BNP Paribas, EDF, and SNCF. The chaire is located in Brittany, France. Brittany is the cybersecurity region number 1 in France. The chair Cyber CNI is strongly embedded in the cybersecurity ecosystem through its partnerships with the Pôle d’Excellence Cyber (PEC) and the Brittany Region. The chair provides a unique environment for cybersecurity research with lots of development possibilities.
About IMT Atlantique
We aim to put the scientific and technical excellence of IMT Atlantique at the service of education and innovation, to mobilize the expertise of our researchers in the fields of digital, energy and the environment. We endeavor to draw on our cutting-edge work, which is already influencing society and the business world, to train a new generation of engineers. But we can no longer innovate and develop new technologies without considering their ecological or societal impact. Those who embark on a career as an engineer must be aware of the role they will play in the future, the responsibilities they will have to assume, the ethical issues raised by technological developments, such as equipping humans with new faculties, relying on artificial intelligence, or evolving in an ultra-connected world.
Our mission at IMT Atlantique is to prepare the new generation to face future challenges, to deal with complex problems, to understand increasingly networked systems, but also and above all to be responsible agents for change in the world. By equipping our students with the best resources, we will help them develop an analytical mind and the ability to grow in an uncertain but exciting future, to be able to anticipate and accompany changes in society. The multi-dimensional crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic underscores the urgent need for this.
At IMT Atlantique, we are committed to training responsible engineers, that is to say engineers who are both ready to face the demands of a world that is changing at a sustained pace and committed to maintaining humanity and respect for life on a long-term basis.