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Cyber security for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Industrial Control Systems (ICS), smart grid and SCADA networks.
Digital twins in cyber security contexts.
Novel networking architectures, such as Named Data Networking (NDN) to provide secure communications.
Network intrusion detection and response.


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Research Interests

Dr Kieran McLaughlin is a Reader at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), where he leads research in cyber security for operational technologies (OT). This includes smart grids, industrial control systems (ICS), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), cyber-physical systems, and related critical infrastructure networks. His research interests include threat analysis, intrusion detection and prevention, digital twins in cyber security contexts, application of machine learning to support automated intrusion response, and security of ICS/OT networking protocols and devices such as Programable Logic Controllers (PLCs).

His research activities include several international projects, including EU FP7 projects PRECYSE and SPARKS, investigating cyber security for smart grids and similar critical infrastructure, H2020 XANDAR investigating safety and security for embedded software systems, and EPSRC ADAMA (Analysing and Detecting Advanced Multi-stage Attacks against ICS). He is a member of the UK's Research Institute in Trustworthy Inter-connected Cyber-physical Systems RITICS, with three funded projects: CAPRICA (Converged Approach towards Resilient Industrial control systems and Cyber Assurance), COSMIC (Cloud-enabled Operation, Security Monitoring, and Forensics) and NDN for Secure IIoT, focusing on application of novel networking architectures for securing communications across industrial internet of things devices.



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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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