Singapore Academic Cybersecurity R&D

Harnessing R&D to Secure our Nation


A Cyber-Physical Approach to Securing Urban Transportation Systems (SecUTS)


I. Goals

For a city with dense population like Singapore, the importance of securing its urban transportation systems could never be overemphasized.

The project “A Cyber-Physical Approach to Secure Urban Transportation Systems (SecUTS)” (NRF2014-NCR001-031) is funded by Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) under NRF National Cybersecurity Research and Development Programme (NCR) Grant. The project R&D team includes Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), A*STAR, Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). The SecUTS project is taking a cyber-physical approach to designing security technologies for urban transportation systems. The project builds security models to capture the potential propagation of attacks through both the cyber and physical domains, with deep involvement of humans, develops holistic and practical security measures, including legacy system protection, access control, secure communications, and attack detection and mitigation, and sets up a test-bed for validation of security solutions. The outcome will make fundamental breakthroughs in cyber security research, while safeguarding urban transportation systems for Singapore and beyond.



II. Technologies

Working closely with the industrial collaborator SMRT, the project has developed the following technologies/prototypes:

  • Model-Based Tool for Security Assessment (CyberSAGE) [T1]
  • Log Analysis Tools (Context-aware alarm diagnosis tool & Ontology-Driven Alarm
  • Prediction), Patent Filed [T1]
  • Two-factor Authentication for SCADA Devices [T2]
  • Virtually Isolated Network [T2]
  • Cyber-Physical Authentication for Metro Systems [T2 & T3]
  • Controllable Secure Configuration Management System (CSCMS) [T3]
  • An Efficient White-Box Implementation of the KMAC Message Authentication Code, Patent Filed [T4]
  • Low-cost Location Integrity Protection for Railway Systems [T4]
  • SecureRails: Simulating Train Motion, Power, and Passenger Flow [T5 & T1]
  • Advanced SCADA Firewall, Patent Filed [T6]

III. Collaborators