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[T35] Formally verifying security properties of cyber-physical systems – Mikael Asplund

On Fri, June 28th, 2024, 2h00pm CET, we welcome Mikael Asplund from Linköping University for another edition of on “Formally verifying security properties of cyber-physical systems”. Share and join!

Join Mikael Asplund from Linköping University as he delves into the critical need for rigorous and verifiable development methods in our increasingly connected world. In his talk on “Formally Verifying Security Properties of Cyber-Physical Systems,” Asplund will explore how formal methods can be leveraged to ensure the security of networked systems at multiple abstraction levels. Discover the challenges and breakthroughs in translating high-level security requirements into low-level implementations, and learn why keeping up with the sophistication of cyber threats is more crucial than ever. After the talk, engage directly with Asplund in a lively 45-minute discussion. Bring your questions and ideas to this interactive session and be part of the conversation shaping the future of cyber-physical security!

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Cyber-physical systems are often  safety-critical and require a rigorous  development process to reduce  the risk of hazards to an acceptable  level. Traditionally, this meant  isolated components with predictable  run-time behaviour, combined with  redundancy to achieve fault tolerance.  Today, we consider it normal to  have internet-connected cars,  management of critical infrastructure  running in the cloud, and  air-traffic control that operate remotely  with digital screens instead  of windows for the operators. At the same  time, the cyber threats have  grown drastically in frequency and  sophistication putting many of these  connected cyber-physical systems  at risk. Unfortunately, we have not  kept up with the development of  rigorous and verifiable development  methods to match the increased  connectivity and complexity of our  critical systems. In this talk I  will discuss opportunities and  challenges of using formal methods to  verify security properties in  cyber-physical systems. The focus will be  on networked cyber-physical  systems considering three different  abstraction levels, entity  coordination, cryptographic protocol design,  and implementation of  communication protocols. I will discuss how  high-level requirements can  be refined and translated to low-level  properties, show some examples of  what we can show, and where we are  still struggling to find suitable  abstractions and models.

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Mikael Asplund

Professor Mikael Asplund is a Senior Associate  Professor in Computer Science at Linköping University (LiU). He received  his M.Sc. degree in computer science and engineering and the in computer science from LiU, in 2005 and 2011,  respectively. From 2011 to 2012, he was a Research Fellow with Trinity  College Dublin. He currently leads five research projects on  cybersecurity and is responsible for two Master programs at LiU. His  research is focused on methods for rigorous security of cyber-physical  systems.

About the Linköping University

We all want to create a better world. At Linköping University, LiU, we use boundary-breaking research and innovative education to get there. To solve the challenges of the day, we are in continuous and close contact with industry and society. International rankings show that LiU is among the world’s top universities. Our students are sought after in the labour market, and we are one of the most attractive employers in Sweden. We believe that all this stems from our courage to think freely and innovate in contexts large and small.

LiU continues to give generations of curious individuals the opportunity to grow and contribute to a better world. We do this with the power of 37,600 students and 4,300 co-workers.

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