The proposed research will produce a framework for automated detection and testing of network borne malware threats that are present in Industrial control systems or supervisory control and data acquisition. The ModBUS protocol is widely used on SCADA networks and other industrial field devices and also used to control HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) and operational equipment such as industrial control systems. SCADA networks monitor and control critical industrial functions enabling process control of infrastructures for production, manufacturing and power generation companies, which includes, natural gas, electricity, oil, water, sewage treatment and railroads network (Harper et al., 2011).
The ModBUS protocol was developed and introduced in 1979 by Modicon. The protocol is an application layer protocol and is used to transmit communications between master (client) and slave (server). It was initially developed to provide reliability and availability however the security of the protocol and secure the infrastructure was not considered priority at the time as these systems are closed. Therefore, the industrial systems or infrastructure networks using ModBUS are insecure and exposed to a variety of cyber security attacks. Cyber-attacks on industrial control systems that use ModBUS protocol has increased in recent times and tools and methods need to be developed to adhere the problem.
Paresh’ s research focus is on security of in Modbus protocol used in critical infrastructure systems and the security framework of industrial control systems. He is also interested in wireless security, IoT devices, network architecture security and computer forensics
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