Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Jones, Bryan A.

Committee Member

Morris, Thomas H.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Supervisory control and data acquisition systems are extensively used in the critical infrastructure domain for controlling and managing large-scale industrial applications. This thesis presents a security management structure developed to protect ICS networks from security intrusions. This structure is formed by a combination of several modules for monitoring system-utilization parameters, data processing, detection of known attacks, forensic analysis to support against unknown attacks, estimation of control system-specific variables, and launch of appropriate protection methods. The best protection method to launch in case of an attack is chosen by a multi-criteria analysis controller based on operational costs and efficiency. A time-series ARIMA model is utilized to estimate the future state of the system and to protect it against cyber intrusions. Signature and performance based detection techniques assist in real-time identification of attacks with little or no human intervention. Simulation results for Scanning, Denial of Service and Injection attacks are provided.