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KYPO4INDUSTRY: A Testbed for Teaching Cybersecurity of Industrial Control Systems



Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE '20)
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Institute of Computer Science

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Keywords training facility; modular testbed; cyber-physical systems; industrial control systems; ICS; SCADA; cybersecurity education; syllabus
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Description There are different requirements on cybersecurity of industrial control systems and information technology systems. This fact exacerbates the global issue of hiring cybersecurity employees with relevant skills. In this paper, we present KYPO4INDUSTRY training facility and a course syllabus for beginner and intermediate computer science students to learn cybersecurity in a simulated industrial environment. The training facility is built using open-source hardware and software and provides reconfigurable modules of industrial control systems. The course uses a flipped classroom format with hands-on projects: the students create educational games that replicate real cyber attacks. Throughout the semester, they learn to understand the risks and gain capabilities to respond to cyber attacks that target industrial control systems. Our described experience from the design of the testbed and its usage can help any educator interested in teaching cybersecurity of cyber-physical systems.
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