Professor's research to protect Canada from cyber attacks

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Dr. Sebastian Fischmeister, a professor in the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering, and his team are working to safeguard Canada's economic future by bolstering its critical infrastructure against the threat of cyber attacks.

Their research develops new security controls that shield against potential threats within the energy sector's vital supply chains.

As various industries rely on increasingly complicated global networks, the likelihood of potential vulnerabilities increases. Visibility into supply chain security can wane as systems become more complex, heightening the urgency of these protective measures.

The cost of cyberattacks significantly burdens economies and industries worldwide, often resulting in substantial financial losses, compromised data and disrupted operations. These attacks can cripple critical infrastructure, damage reputations and impose long-term recovery expenses.

“We are using a physics-based hardware and software integrity checkpoint system designed to scrutinize and assess the elements underpinning Canada's energy infrastructure,” Fischmeister says. “Our aim is to compile these findings and present them to the Canadian government. By sharing our insights, we can empower them to make informed decisions.”

Go to Protecting Canada’s energy infrastructure from cyber attacks for the full story.

Dr. Sebastian Fischmeister