Johns Hopkins Team Upgrading MOSAICS Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Tech

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A team led by Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory is working on more functionality for a prototype of the cybersecurity industrial management system currently used by the U.S. Navy.

APL cybersecurity engineer Harley Parkes said in a statement Tuesday that the development focused on making more situational awareness technology for industrial control systems applicable to new locations without the help of labs.

MOSAICS provides capabilities to detect and characterize cyber attacks on military systems, with the technology successfully identifying malicious activity during initial testing at Naval Facilities Southwest, California in August.

Such an effect forced the Navy to license the technology for an additional one-year use and seek funds for deployment on an additional basis.

“In addition to the success of the planned testing, the incident with the contractor showed the true value of MOSAICS – it can help operators determine, when they see a physical effect on their system, whether it is a mechanical failure or a cyber attack,” Parkes said.

According to Ray Yuan, executive director of the APL’s cyber operations mission, future work on MOSAICS would include incorporating autonomous features that would allow for defense and repair operations without human intervention.

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