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Cyber security for Industrial Control Systems (ICS), smart grid and SCADA networks Network forensics for smart grid and ICS Secure cloud platforms for smart grid and ICS Information Centric Networking (ICN): Application to ICS, and cyber security aspects Network intrusion detection

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Research Interests

Dr Kieran McLaughlin is a Senior Lecturer 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, intrusion response, cyber-physical resilience measures, and security of network protocols such as IEC61850 and IEC60870.

His research activities include a number of significant international projects, including EPSRC CAPRICA (Converged Approach towards Resilient Industrial control systems and Cyber Assurance), EPSRC ADAMA ( Analysing and Detecting Advanced Multi-stage Attacks against ICS) EU FP7 PRECYSE (Prevention, protection and reaction to cyber attacks to critical infrastructures) and EU FP7 SPARKS (Smart Grid Protection Against Cyber Attacks). He is a member of the UK's Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems RITICS.



ELE2025 Embedded Systems

ELE8093 Network Security & Monitoring



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Projects 2011 2018

Research Output 2006 2019

35 Downloads (Pure)

Enforcing Policy-Based Security Models for Embedded SoCs within the Internet of Things

Hagan, M., Siddiqui, F. M., Sezer, S., Kang, B. & McLaughlin, K., 24 Jan 2019, IEEE International Conference on Secure and Dependable Systems: Proceedings. Kaohsiung, Taiwan: IEEE , 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Programmable logic controllers
Internet of things
Life cycle
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ICS Interaction Testbed: A Platform for Cyber-Physical Security Research

Hui, H., Maynard, P. & McLaughlin, K., Sep 2019, 6th International Symposium for ICS & SCADA Cyber Security Research 2019: Proceedings. BCS, p. 89-96 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Programmable logic controllers
Network architecture
Control systems

Intrusion Resilience for PV Inverters in a Distribution Grid Use-Case Featuring Dynamic Voltage Control

Kang, B., Umsonst, D., Faschang, M., Seitl, C., Friedberg, I., Kupzog, F., Sandberg, H. & McLaughlin, K., Jul 2019, (Accepted).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Intrusion detection
Voltage control
Electric potential

A Modular Phasor Measurement Unit Design featuring Open Data Exchange Methods

Laverty, D. M., Hastings, J., Morrow, D. J., Khan, R., McLaughlin, K. & Sezer, S., 01 Feb 2018, Proceedings of the Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM), 2017. IEEE , 5 p. (IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting: Proceedings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Phasor measurement units
Electronic data interchange
275 Downloads (Pure)

An Open Framework for Deploying Experimental SCADA Testbed Networks

Maynard, P., McLaughlin, K. & Sezer, S., Aug 2018, 5th International Symposium for ICS & SCADA Cyber Security Research 2018: Proceedings. BCS, p. 92-101 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Data acquisition
Network protocols

Activities 2012 2018

CAPRICA – A Testbed Demonstrating A Cyber-Secure Synchronous Power Island

Kieran McLaughlin (Advisor)
16 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

Invited Talk: Cyber Security and Global Technologies

Kieran McLaughlin (Keynote speaker)
13 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

HEA National Conference for Learning and Teaching in Cyber Security

Kieran McLaughlin (Participant)
Apr 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Cyber Security CPD for Industry Professionals

Kieran McLaughlin (Host)
2017 → …

Activity: Consultancy typesCPD delivery/organisation of courses for externals (in kind)

Privacy, Security and Trust 2018 (Event)

Kieran McLaughlin (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity