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Dan Wallach

STAR-Vote: A Secure, Transparent, Auditable and Reliable Voting System

Professor Dan Wallach
Rice University
Thursday April 27, 2017
Carson L01, 5:00 PM

Ben Miller Dragos

Pandora's Power Grid - What Can State Attacks Do and What Would be the Impact?

Ben Miller
Chief Threat Officer, Dragos, Inc.
Tuesday May 2, 2017
Kemeny 007, 4:30 PM
Brendan Nyhan




Factual Echo Chambers? Fact-checking and Fake News in Election 2016.

Professor Brendan Nyhan
Dartmouth College
Thursday May 4, 2017
Rocky 001, 5:00 PM

Dickie George


Espionage and Intelligence

Professor Dickie George
Johns Hopkins University
Thursday May 11, 2017
Rocky 001, 5:00 PM

Dan Wallach

A Nation Under Attack: Advanced Cyber-Attacks in Ukraine

Ukrainian Cybersecurity Researchers
Thursday April 6, 2017
Oopik Auditorium 5:30 PM

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Professor Sean Smith, Director of the ISTS and Bill Nisen, Associate Director, spoke at the

School House residential cluster on the Internet of Risky Things  - February 21, 2017, 5:30 PM

Craig Smith




You Don't Own Your Car
Craig Smith
Tuesday May 10, 2016 
Carson L02 @4:15

David Safford


Hardware Based Security for GE's Industrial Control Systems
David Safford
GE Global Research
Tuesday May 17, 2016
Carson L02 @4:15



"It's Fine," They Said. "Just Ship It," They Said.
Dan Tentler
The Phobos Group
Tuesday April 12, 2016 
Carson L02 @4:15

Harold Thimbleby




The Best Way to Improve Healthcare is to Improve Computers
Harold Thimbleby
Swansea University
April 23, 2015

Craig Shue




Managing User-Level Compromises in Enterprise Network
Craig Shue
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
March 31, 2015



Oct news 2015


ISTS Information Pamphlet



Institute for Security, Technology, and Society
Dartmouth College
6211 Sudikoff Laboratory
Hanover, NH 03755 USA

Monitoring and Diagnosing SCADA Systems

Project Summary

In the control of infrastructure systems, an automation system, often referred to as a process control system (PCS) or supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, is critical to the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of many physical processes. PCS and SCADA are used extensively in such infrastructures as electric power, water, petroleum and natural gas, as well as in various manufacturing operations, and its use is growing in these sectors. The typical interpretation of the term "SCADA" includes the overall collection of control systems that measure, report, and change the processes. Essentially, any subsystem that electronically measures state, alters process control parameters, presents/stores/communicates data, or the management thereof, is subsumed in this projects concept of SCADA.

Monitoring and diagnosing normal and faulty behaviors in large-scale distributed infrastructures is a difficult technical problem. Among the difficulties are the facts that events are asynchronous and ambiguous with respect to causes and the behaviors, as describable by process models, are difficult to catalogue, represent and detect in realtime on a large scale. Researchers at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth have developed a powerful event correlation engine that can aggregate reports and event data from multiple heterogeneous distributed sensors, associate those events with dynamic process models and determine which combination of behaviors are most likely generating the observed event stream. This technology, called "Process Query Systems", has been implemented in software and demonstrated on network security, vehicle tracking and airborne plume detection (by a distributed sensor network) applications already. Dartmouth researchers will apply the Process Query System technology to the problem of monitoring and fault detection and diagnosis in large-scale distributed SCADA systems.

Last Updated: 9/9/15