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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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Research Output

A Seamless Cloud Migration Approach to Secure Distributed Legacy Industrial SCADA Systems

Khan, R., McLaughlin, K., Kang, B., Laverty, D. & Sezer, S., 18 Feb 2020, (Accepted) IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) North America 2020 17/02/2020 → 20/02/2020 Washington DC, United States. IEEE , 5 p.

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

  • A Secure Cloud Migration, Monitoring and Analytics Framework for Industrial Internet of Things

    Khan, R., McLaughlin, K., Kang, B., Laverty, D. & Sezer, S., 05 Feb 2020, (Accepted) IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things, New Orleans, United States.. IEEE , 6 p.

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

  • 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., 2020, Critical Information Infrastructures Security: 14th International Conference, CRITIS 2019, Linköping, Sweden, September 23–25, 2019, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Vol. 11777. p. 97-109 13 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; vol. 11777).

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

    Open Access
  • 17 Downloads (Pure)

    Cybersecurity Testing Technology in Smart Substations

    Yang, Y., Xu, H., McLaughlin, K., Sezer, S., Jiang, H. & Hunag, W., Jun 2019, IEC 61850-Based Smart Substations: Principles, Testing, Operation and Maintenance. p. 223-254

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    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
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    75 Downloads (Pure)


    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

    Cyber Security CPD for Industry Professionals

    Kieran McLaughlin (Host)

    2017 → …

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

    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

    Invited Talk: Cyber Security and Global Technologies

    Kieran McLaughlin (Keynote speaker)

    13 Oct 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Privacy, Security and Trust 2018 (Event)

    Kieran McLaughlin (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity