Sandia National Labs Academic Alliance Collaboration Report 2020-2021

automation and supply chain systems by giving workers the tools they need. “This national consortium will not only share new information and technologies with manufacturers but will also address the need for education, training and workforce development. These are critical skills needed for advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.” CyManII will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding over five years, subject to appropriations, and the funding will be matched by over $40 million in private cost-share commitments. Sandia will use approximately $800 thousand in the first year to focus on developing a security/supply chain roadmap and finding vulnerabilities in industrial control systems. Sandia and Purdue will collaborate to address secure automation and supply chain. Sandia’s Abe Clements, in Systems Security Research, initially proposed the work along with David Carter, a cyber systems security researcher in San Antonio working under Mike Lopez, Cyber Systems Security manager. Afterward, they recruited other Sandia experts including Brian Gaines in Computer Systems Security Analysis and Brandon Eames in Cyber Mission Alliances to act as points of contact in the collaborative partnership with Purdue. CyManII leverages Clements’ firmware emulation, HALucinator, which locates vulnerabilities in industrial control systems.

Pictured: David M. Nicol, CyManII VP for Securing Automation at U of Illinois

Pictured: Abe Clements, Sandia systems security research and developer of HALucinator firmware

Pictured: Dongyan Xu, Purdue Director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security


2020-2021 Collaboration Report

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