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Mr Matthew Peacock

Overview of thesis

Intrusion Detection in BACnet Managed Building Automation Systems

Building Automation Systems (BASs) were originally designed as isolated control systems, with the principles of high availability, reliability and trust. A major open protocol in BASs is BACnet/IP, allowing control of multiple building services, such as HVAC, lighting and access control over Internet Protocol connection. For ease of management and cloud-based analytics, BASs have been connected to corporate and remote networks, exposing them to potential cyber attack. Recent scans show over 15,000 directly accessible and identifiable BACnet devices over the Internet, with roughly 10% of said devices in Australia.  The need for identifying network based attacks, which have Cyber-physical repercussions, is required. The research aims to address the lack of state-based Intrusion Detection, allowing for chains of normal commands with malicious purpose to be identified, and provide contextual decisions for network operators to act upon.


  • B.Sc. (Hons) Security, 2013-2014, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA.
  • Honours Thesis 2014: Detection and Control of Small Civilian UAVs
  • B.Sc. (Computer and Network Security), 2009-2013, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2014 Australian Postgraduate Award, Edith Cowan University


Research Interests

  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Protocol Security
  • Critical Infrastructure Security
  • IoT Security

Past Research employment history

  • 2015-2015 Internship, Security and Embedded Networked systems Group, Technical University Eindhoven, Netherlands as part of Authentication and Authorisation for Entrusted Unions (AU2EU), European Commission, Grant 611659 - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
  • 2014-2015 Research assistant, ECU-SRI Authentication and Authorisation for Entrusted Unions (AU2EU), European Commission, Grant 611659 - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

Other work

Past Teaching

  • 2014-2017 Tutor, CSI1241 Systems Analysis, ECU
  • 2014-2017 Tutor, Edith Cowan College/PIBT

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Conference Publications/ Presentations

M. Peacock, M. N. Johnstone, and C. Valli, “Security issues with bacnet value handling,” in International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy, O. Camp, P. Mori, and S. Furnell, Eds., INSTICC. SCITEPRESS, February 2017, pp. 546–552.

B. Bettany, M N. Johnstone and M. Peacock An Investigation of Wireless Security Issues in the SCATS Traffic Light Control System The Proceedings of the 14th Australian Information Security Management Conference Held on 5th December – 6th December, 2016, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus, Perth, Western Australia

M. N. Johnstone, M. Peacock, and J. den Hartog. (2015) Timing attack detection on BACnet via a machine learning approach. The Proceedings of the 13th Australian Information Security Management Conference, 57–64,Perth

Peacock, M. and Johnstone, M. N. (2014). An analysis of security issues in building automation systems. The Proceedings of the 12th Australian information security management conference, 100–104, Perth

Peacock, M., Johnstone, M., (2013), Towards detection and control of civilian unmanned aerial vehicles. The Proceedings of 14th Australian Information Warfare Conference, 9-15, Perth.



Mr Matthew Peacock
PhD Student
ECU Security Research Institute
School of Science
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