In the wake of the COVID-19 emergency, the US has watched as people hoard toilet paper, chicken breasts, and hand sanitizer, but in a different kind of emergency – a critical loss of power grid functionality – what would we do? University of Illinois Principal Research Scientist Tim Yardley researches possible answers to this question on a small island just outside of New York City: Plum Island. There, his team has built a testbed of real, but isolated, power grids to explore the many detection, isolation, and characterization aspects of an attack on United States power.
Abdelzaher repurposing social networking models to predict COVID spread under different social distancing policies05/04/2020 - 11:21am The COVID-19 epidemic has inspired CSL professor Tarek Abdelzaher to modify information propagation models to make accurate predictions of virus spread.
Remembering Thomas Huang, Maybelle Leland Swanlund Endowed Chair Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering05/01/2020 - 2:31pm Thomas S Huang, a pioneering researcher and influential teacher died April 25, 2020, at the age of 83. In his long career as a professor of electrical and computer engineering, Huang was ranked among the world’s most influential researchers and mentored more than 100 students.
Software defined networking (SDN), which centralizes the dynamic control of networks, simplifies the management of everything from large data centers to wireless networks. As such, they are increasingly employed by companies ranging from Amazon to The Boeing Company.
When the CIRI team at the University of Illinois developed the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security-funded Cyber Secure Dashboard, it was initially meant to be a tool to aid small and medium companies in meeting the cybersecurity standards detailed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Cybersecurity is a concern for all business, from multi-national corporations like Target to the mom-and-pop store down the street. That’s why the government developed and published the National Institute of Science and Technologies (NIST) Cyber Security Framework, a cyber risk management standard for companies to follow to ensure the safety of them and their customers online. Unfortunately, meeting the NIST CSF standard is a challenge for most small businesses.
In cyber-physical control systems, such as those used in manufacturing, cyber-attacks have the potential to harm equipment and people. To detect and thwart these attacks, researchers often utilize virtualized testbeds to simulate attacks, especially those that leverage software flaws.