Chaire Cyber CNI

Chaire Cyber CNI – Cybersecurity for Critical Networked Infrastructures

[RU1/22] Nicolas Delcombel : Virtual Reality for Cybersecurity

On the research update spring 2022, our PhD student Nicolas Delcombel presented his latest results regarding “Virtual reality for Cybersecurity“. This presentation is a part of our bi-yearly research update events of the chair Cybersecurity for Critical Networked Infrastructures ( More infos on our website

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It has become essential to be able to make sense of the large amount of data that is processed and used in cybersecurity today. Whether it is operators who manage alerts raised by IDS, managers who need a global vision of their systems, or investigators who perform pen tests, they all need to have a situational awareness relevant to their problem as fast as possible. Data visualization is a solution that has been around for a long time and is already being implemented in the cyber world. However, classic D visualizations show their limits (number of displayed elements, interactions …) and other techniques are to be found to visualize the quantity of cyber data. Therefore, I am interested in the advantages of virtual reality technologies for data representation.

About Nicolas Delcombel

I graduated from the National School of Cognitics in 2020. I learned to place the user at the heart of the design of modern digital tools. I know how to design ergonomic and efficient systems. During my last year, I did an exchange semester at the de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal, where I deepened my skills in Machine Learning. It is at this time that I became interested in data representation and their intuitive understanding, a problematic as important in AI as in cyber.

About the Research Update

The ( Research Update (Spring/ Fall) happens once per semester. It is the big status event of the chair Cyber CNI. All works around the chair (PhD students, PostDocs, Engineers, …) are presenting their progress, current works, and next challenges. There are vital discussions with the audience on the topics. It is the perfect opportunity for getting an overview on and discussing what is going on at the chair. From the spring 2022 event on, the Research Updates start with an industrial keynote of one of our partners, giving insights to and showcasing their work.

About the chair Cybersecurity of Critical Networked Infrastructures (

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 6+3 PhD students, 1+3 PostDocs, 11 Professors, 1+1 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.

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