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Cyber Security for Process Control Systems Summer School

Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva

June 16-20, 2008

At the Abbey Resort on Lake Geneva
Fontana, Wisconsin

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With support from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, The Information Trust Institute at The University of Illinois is proud to present the "Cyber Security for Process Control Systems" Summer School.

Course DVD

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Video recordings of most of the Summer School presentations are available in DVD format. An MPEG4 decoder is needed to view the disk. To obtain a copy, contact Cheri Soliday at csolidayatillinois [dot] edu.

About the Course

The "Cyber Security for Process Control Systems" summer school has been organized by the Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois to complement the activities of the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIP) project funded by NSF, DOE, and DHS. This summer school offering will include top academic, industrial, and government researchers as instructors and will be held at the beautiful, recently renovated Abbey Resort on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

The summer school is intended for graduate students and others who wish to contextualize their research with an understanding of real-world control system security problems and to gain perspective on current research activities in the field. With commitments from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, we are able to make available for this event approximately 35-40 graduate student scholarships.

The course content will include topics in the area of cyber security for process control systems that engage industry, research labs, and academia on issues of concern in the short term as well as the long term. These topics include an overview of threats, background in both control systems and cyber security, current approaches for protecting control systems, and research problems and vision.

The summer school program includes an informal work-in-progress session in which participants will give short presentations on recent results, work in progress, and other topics of interest to the cyber security for process control community. Presentations that are not purely technical in nature are welcome. We will post more details in the near future about the process for submitting abstracts for the session. The session will provide both food for thought and food for the stomach!

Program Summary (Preliminary)

Please check back for updates. A detailed program with abstracts and biographies is also available.

Monday, June 16

1:30-2:15 Registration, Refreshments
2:15-2:30 Welcome
2:30-3:30 "Scoping the Threat"
Tom Malec,
U.S. Department of Energy moderator: Himanshu Khurana, University of Illinois
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-6:15 "Cyber Security Basics"
Radha Poovendran,
University of Washington moderator: Himanshu Khurana, University of Illinois
7:00 pm Welcoming Reception

Tuesday, June 17

8:30-10:00 "Communication and Control in Power Systems"
David Whitehead,
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories moderator: William H. Sanders, University of Illinois
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-noon "Wide-area Stability and Control"
Jeff Dagle,
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory moderator: William H. Sanders, University of Illinois
noon-1:30 Lunch with talk:

"Wireless Smart Grid Security"
Byron Flynn
GE Energy
(A PDF of a related paper is available online.)

1:30-3:00 "Network Security Architecture for Control Systems"
Andrew Wright,
N-Dimension moderator: Sean Smith, Dartmouth
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00 "Towards the Smart Grid of the Future"
Paul Myrda,
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) moderator: Sean Smith, Dartmouth

Wednesday, June 18

8:30-10:00 "Field Asset Security in a Smart Grid World"
Darren Highfill,
EnerNex moderator: Carl Hauser, Washington State University
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-noon "Process Control System Event Correlation and Response"
Walt Heimerdinger,
Honeywell moderator: Carl Hauser, Washington State University
noon-1:30 Lunch (on your own)
1:30-3:00 Work in progress session moderator: Zeb Tate, University of Illinois
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00 "Security Monitoring and Event Management in Process Control: Challenges and Opportunities"
Alfonso Valdes,
SRI moderator: Zeb Tate, University of Illinois
6:00 pm Dinner cruise on Lake Geneva

Thursday, June 19

8:30-10:00 "Future Control System Cyber Architectures"
Paulo Esteves Veríssimo,
University of Lisbon, Portugal moderator: Von Welch, University of Illinois
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-noon "Energy Currency and Other Trends: How Changes in Society's Energy Management Strategies Could Influence CyberSecurity Research"
Deborah Frincke,
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory moderator: Von Welch, University of Illinois
noon-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 "Improving the Robustness of Process Control System Software"
Rob Cunningham,
MIT Lincoln Laboratory moderator: Molly Tracy, University of Illinois

Friday, June 20

8:00-9:30 "Changing Today's Vulnerabilities into Tomorrow's Resilient Control Systems"
Rita Wells,
Idaho National Labs moderator: Roy Campbell, University of Illinois
9:30-10:00 Break
10:00-11:30 "Smart Grid Case Study: Deploying an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (50,000 Today, 10,000,000 Tomorrow)"
Mel Gehrs,
Gehrs Consulting moderator: Roy Campbell, University of Illinois
11:30-12:30 "Public-Private Partnerships and Future Research"
Douglas Maughan,
Department of Homeland Security moderator: Roy Campbell, University of Illinois

Registration Information

Registration fee is $850 if you register by May 10, 2008, after which the fee is $975. Your fee includes all program materials, available breaks, and meals. The program begins at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 16, 2008 and ends at 12:00 p.m., Friday, June 20, 2008. Checks or credit cards are accepted.

Online registration is available, or you may print and mail a completed PDF registration form with payment to:

Cyber Security for Process Control Systems Cashiering Office
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
162 Henry Administration Building
506 South Wright
Urbana, IL 61801
1-903402-727001-305300-199000

You may also register via fax at (217) 333-9561, or by telephone at (217) 333-2880 or toll free (877) 455-2687.

Change in plans

If you cannot attend the course, you may send a substitute. Call University of Illinois Conferences and Institutes at (217) 333-2880 if you have a change in plans.

Graduate Scholarships

Graduate students at US institutions are eligible to apply for scholarships, which will cover the cost of registration, lodging (double occupancy; reservations will be made for you), and appropriate travel expenses. Please complete the PDF application form and email the application, with research statement, to lmelchi AT uiuc.edu or mail it to Information Trust Institute, attn: Lori Melchi, 1308 W. Main Street, Urbana, IL 61801, by Wednesday, April 23, 2008. Final decisions will be made by April 30, 2008. See the scholarship FAQ below if you have questions.

Q.1. I am unable to reach my research advisor (e.g., s/he is away on travel). How can I show that I have his/her approval?

A.1. If you are unable to reach your advisor, you can obtain the signature of any other faculty member in your department. Alternatively, you can provide contact information for your advisor (without his/her signature) for now and submit an updated application with his/her signature sometime before or during the school.

Q.2. Should my research statement focus on my current and past work or future work?

A.2. The brief research statement should cover your research interests and a summary of your current and past work (if any). You may include information about future work if you like. You are not required to have had prior research experience. If you are just starting out on your research, then include a statement of research interests and why you think you are interested in that area.

Q.3. Is it important that I have prior experience in control systems?

A.3. The summer school includes introductory material in control systems; therefore, it is not necessary to have prior experience in control systems. Graduate students enrolled in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science programs will be able to follow the lectures based on undergraduate course work.

Q.4. I have another question about the summer school.

A.4. Please feel free to contact Lori Melchi (lmelchi at iti dot uiuc dot edu) for any other questions you may have.

Special Needs

If you need accommodations for a disability or a dietary restriction, call University of Illinois Conferences and Institutes at (217) 333-2880.

Emergency Messages

During the course hours, messages may be left at (217) 240-0748. Messages will be posted near the course area.

Location

This course will be held from 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 16 through 12:00 p.m., Friday, June 20, 2008 at the Abbey Resort on Lake Geneva, Fontana, Wisconsin. Directions to the Abbey Resort are available on their website.

The Abbey Resort features the following:

  • Complimentary wireless and wired internet throughout the facility
  • Complimentary parking
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming
  • Indoor and outdoor activities
  • Spa treatments & services at the onsite Fontana Spa
  • Full service restaurants, lounges, and room service
  • In-room coffee service, iron and ironing board, and hairdryers
  • Views to beautiful Lake Geneva throughout the facility

Accommodation

Hotel Reservations

Due to the tremendous response to the Summer School, the conference hotel is sold out. Three area resorts (listed below) within 8 miles of the Abbey have some rooms available, as of our latest notice. Space is extremely limited, so please make your reservations right away.

The Abbey Resort has offered to provide transportation for our event participants who are staying at alternative hotels. Upon your arrival, you should contact the Bellman at the Abbey Resort to make arrangements for your transportation. The Bellman can be reached by calling the main Abbey number (800-709-1323) and asking for the Bellman.

The Delevan Lake Resort, 4 miles from the Abbey (800-430-8164)

The Lodge at Geneva Ridge, 3 miles from the Abbey (800-225-5558)

Lake Lawn Resort, 8 miles from the Abbey (800-338-5253)

Organizing Committee

This event is associated with the activities of the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid Center (TCIP), which is an NSF CyberTrust Center that brings together researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, and Washington State University. Members of the organizing committee include:

  • Roy Campbell
  • Carl Hauser
  • Himanshu Khurana
  • Bill Sanders
  • Pete Sauer
  • Sean Smith
  • Zeb Tate
  • Molly Tracy

Photo Album

An online album of photographs from the 2008 summer school is available.

Government Sponsors

DOE NSF

Corporate Sponsors

PJM OSI