US Department of Homeland Security : The Cyber Physical Systems Security

The Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSSEC) project addresses security concerns for cyber physical systems (CPS) and internet of things (IoT) devices.

CPS and IoT play an increasingly important role in critical infrastructure, government and everyday life. Automobiles, medical devices, building controls and the smart grid are examples of CPS.

Each includes smart networked systems with embedded sensors, processors and actuators that sense and interact with the physical world and support real-time, guaranteed performance in safety-critical applications.

The closely related area of IoT continues to emerge and expand as costs drop and the confluence of sensors, platforms and networks increases.

Whether referencing the forward-collision prevention capability of a car, a medical device’s ability to adapt to circumstances in real-time or the latest IoT innovation, these systems are a source of competitive advantage in today’s innovation economy and provide vast opportunities for DHS and Homeland Security Enterprise missions.

At the same time, CPS and IoT also increase cybersecurity risks and attack surfaces. The consequences of unintentional faults or malicious attacks could have severe impact on human lives and the environment. Proactive and coordinated efforts are needed to strengthen security and reliance for CPS and IoT.

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