Design and Implementation of Security Services for the Industrial Internet of Things

First Own Plan of Investigation and Transfer of the University of Malaga (UMA)
Duration: 10/09/2017 to 10/10/2019

Project Overview: 

We are witnessing, increasingly, the interests of the industry to modernize its control and automation systems, motivated in part by the exploitation of the market and the globalization of the sector. Its infrastructures and components will certainly open to the technical and competitive advantages of the today’s Internet for a better operational performance, productivity and provision of services. Concretely, the Internet in the Industry is an area where paradigms, considered of tremendous current relevance, such as the Internet of Things ("Internet of Things", IoT) and Critical Infrastructures (CIP), are evolving and converging to offer a new concept more complex, known as the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT.

IIoT involves the grouping of a set of processes, and distributed and heterogeneous systems interacting through different communication modes (Modbus-TCP, OPC-UA, etc.), resulting in a complex system based on multiple layers of functionality, diversity in access (wireless and wired) and concurrency. A level of complexity that, obviously, will bring about numerous problems related to the security, reliability and availability of critical systems and services, further encouring adversaries to address persistent and advanced attacks (APTs). It is, therefore, necessary to protect the diversity of the IIoT through advanced security services modeled at the network level and systems.

Based on our experience in areas related to the IIoT, such as IoT and CIP, the main objective of DISS-IIoT is to explore this new area and develop advanced security services to discover potential security gaps and cover attacks - mainly those related with the monitoring and control of these critical systems. For the integration and testing of these services in realistic environments, DISS-IIoT provides a modular and integral test environment (IIoT-bed) with support for both present and future challenges in this area.