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  1. Tony Hills
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  4. Northwest State Community College

Cybersecurity for Advanced Manufacturing Organizations

NSF Awards: 1800929

2022 (see original presentation & discussion)

Undergraduate

This presentation presents the results of a project to create a virtual training environment designed to teach basic and advanced cybersecurity concepts as applied in an advanced manufacturing organization. The virtual training environment simulates a typical industrial cooling system complete with programmable logic controllers (PLC), electronic sensors, pumps, human machine interfaces (HMI) and open platform computing (OPC) servers. The virtual training environment is available for multiple hypervisor platforms and can be run locally by students at home or used remotely on a cloud hosted platform.

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Discussion from the 2022 STEM For All Video Showcase (18 posts)
  • Icon for: Corrinne Sande

    Corrinne Sande

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 10, 2022 | 02:11 p.m.

    Hello, this is a very interesting project. Are these materials available to anyone? If so, how do we access them? We are an ATE National Center (NCyTE) and would like to discuss with you further, thanks a lot.

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    Tony Hills

    Lead Presenter
    Faculty
    May 10, 2022 | 03:07 p.m.

    All of the material is freely available. You can access it at https://www.nl.northweststate.edu/camo.  If you are interested in evaluating the scenario labs and don’t want to download and setup the virtual environment locally send me an email at thills@northweststate.edu and I will setup a test account for you on our servers.  We would like to see this used as much as possible so if you have any other questions just let me know.

  • Icon for: Michael Singletary

    Michael Singletary

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 10, 2022 | 03:05 p.m.

    Neat project. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    Tony Hills

    Lead Presenter
    Faculty
    May 17, 2022 | 06:41 a.m.

    Thank you for your feedback and for viewing the video!

  • Icon for: Gerhard Salinger

    Gerhard Salinger

    Facilitator
    Former Program Officer
    May 10, 2022 | 03:11 p.m.

    Your project is important for technicians working in highly automated manufacturing companies.  To what extent is industry involved in developing the scenarios?  In what types of manufacturing industry find employment and what do they do there?  I am a co-PI on an ATE-funded project to determine the mathematical competencies actually used by technicians in the manufacturing workplace by looking at scenarios of what they do.  We would be interested in looking at your scenarios to understand the mathematical competencies being learned. 

  • Icon for: Tony Hills

    Tony Hills

    Lead Presenter
    Faculty
    May 11, 2022 | 06:17 a.m.

    We have had industry involvement in our project since the beginning. We have a team of local industry partners who have met with us several times. We met with our partners to get approval and feedback on the initial scenario ideas. We met with them again when the scenarios were complete to get their opinion on the completed project and to listen to their ideas for improvement.  We will meet with them again to share how the scenarios are working.

    The scenarios have not yet been used enough to draw any conclusions on what industries our students will be hired in.

    We do not specifically address math competencies in the scenarios but there may still be something in them of interest to you. You can view the scenarios at https://www.nl.northweststate.edu/camo.

  • Icon for: Aileen Owens

    Aileen Owens

    Education Consultant
    May 10, 2022 | 04:30 p.m.

    This is truly a need for this type of program. We have been searching for an interesting and relevant way to introduce students in high school to cybersecurity. For the last two years we have tried two different approaches but neither has been completely successful in gaining student interest. I'm sure this will be. Thank you for posting the link to the scenario labs. Looking forward to researching this.

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    Tony Hills

    Lead Presenter
    Faculty
    May 11, 2022 | 06:18 a.m.

    Thank you for the feedback. Feel free to send me an email if you have questions in the future.

  • Icon for: Margie Vela

    Margie Vela

    Facilitator
    CEO & President
    May 10, 2022 | 11:25 p.m.

    What a great project! Scenario training gives students real-life experience in a simulated circumstance. I always find this extremely helpful. There is nothing like understanding how one's decisions impact outcomes in simulated events- low stakes, valuable lessons! Are you able to measure the impact this type of training has on the students' decision-making? Also, how would you measure the impact on their performance in the workforce?

    Great project!

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    Tony Hills

    Lead Presenter
    Faculty
    May 17, 2022 | 06:46 a.m.

    Thank you for your feedback. We have just completed the scenarios and have not yet gathered any data on the impact it has on those who have completed the training.

  • Icon for: Tim Podkul

    Tim Podkul

    Facilitator
    Senior Research Advisor
    May 13, 2022 | 02:10 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing this work, and congratulations! I am curious if there are other sectors that have shown interest, or you think might be interested, in potential partners. The energy sector, for example is one that comes to mind. I am also curious if this training is accompanied by any specific credential or certification. I could see this being very appealing to employers. 

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    Tony Hills

    Lead Presenter
    Faculty
    May 17, 2022 | 06:45 a.m.

    We currently have only approached manufacturing and education facilities with the scenarios since they are the most readily available in our region. We do believe that the training would be valuable to other sectors. The training is not tied to any specific credential or certification, but it would be a good idea for us to investigate doing that as we develop more scenarios.

  • Icon for: Laurin Buchanan

    Laurin Buchanan

    Principal Investigator
    May 17, 2022 | 02:59 p.m.

    I am a former cybersecurity practitioner turned researcher and agree there is a critical need for cybersecurity education that is specific to the ICS environment.  This is a very interesting project, thank you for sharing it here.

    Tony, I'd like to suggest that you -and any other researchers here- consider continuing to disseminate your work by submitting to the Cybersecurity Skills Journal (CSJ), an international, peer-reviewed journal from the National CyberWatch Center Digital Press. CSJ publishes Special Issues that advance knowledge, practice, and capabilities of the cybersecurity workforce. The current Special Issue Call, Evidencing Competencies: Progress from Funded Research, seeks submissions arising from funded research about technology, tools, or techniques that impact cybersecurity practice, improve learning and advance the state of the cybersecurity workforce’s capability maturity.

    The Journal’s unique, collaborative approach to publishing evidence-based research provides extensive support to authors. Initial submissions are simple and not require a completed draft manuscript. CSJ also publishes about work in progress, and planned research.

    And for anyone not directly involved in sponsored research: we are also looking for people from diverse backgrounds to become peer reviewers - no prior reviewing experience necessary!

    Full Disclosure: I am the (volunteer) Managing Editor of CSJ, and the outgoing co-chair of the NICE K12 Community of Interest.

    Laurin Buchanan, CISSP
    Secure Decisions
    laurin.buchanan@securedecisions.com
    former STEMForAll Videohall presenter!

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    Tony Hills

    Lead Presenter
    Faculty
    May 17, 2022 | 05:31 p.m.

    Thanks for the suggestion. We will look into it.

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    Gordon Jr

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 17, 2022 | 04:03 p.m.

    Very interesting and so important. Excellent!

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    Tony Hills

    Lead Presenter
    Faculty
    May 17, 2022 | 05:31 p.m.

    Thank you for the feedback and for viewing our video!

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    Mohsin Jamali

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 17, 2022 | 04:33 p.m.

    Great idea and great project. Learning to secure our infrastructure via physical security.

    Thanks for sharing it.

  • Icon for: Tony Hills

    Tony Hills

    Lead Presenter
    Faculty
    May 17, 2022 | 05:31 p.m.

    Thank you for the feedback and for viewing our video!

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