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The Cybersecurity for Robotics Conference 2019 (CSfR2019) will be the first in a series of annual events dedicated to the research domain and investigating the cross cutting research topics related to cybersecurity, cyber-physical systems, safety, robotics, industrial control systems security, IoT, Industry 4.0, real time communication systems, privacy, AI and other related relevant domains.

Cybersecurity for Robotics and the Conference

Cybersecurity for robotics is a multidisciplinary research domain that is growing in relevance and importance due to the continuous growth of robotics systems and increase in cybersecurity and safety risks and challenges. The conference aims to bring together all dedicated researchers active in this domain and is about identifying risks, threats and vulnerabilities, safety considerations and solutions for robot systems due to cyber security.

Over the last couple of years research in this topic has been increasing due to many developments happening in both cybersecurity and the robotics domain. The initiative of the conference came from the Cybersecurity workshop at the European Robotics Forum 2019, where some of the research results were" presented, a connection was made to the Strategic Research Agenda of Cybersecurity and of Robotics, where the connection to Safety and Security was made and where we showed the interest and benefit for the innovation developments and future potential industrial applications and dedicated technologies.

The conference will be the first in its kind, specifically focusing on the domain, to raise the level of awareness, to ensure the futher multidisciplinary approaches and to further ensure the improvement of the cybersecurity for robotic systems, for agile production, digital production and industry 4.0 and smart products and technologies. The further aim is to strenghten the European Cybersecurity infrastructure, systems and applications and increasing the Cybersecurity posture of the European Digital Market and specifically factories of the future and connected factories.

The conference will be organized in collaboration with the TRINITY project, by LSEC – Leaders In Security, together with ECSO, EFFRA and the Basque Cybersecurity Centre. The conference is planned to be hosted alongside the Basque Industry 4.0 and Basque Cybersecurity Days on November 20 and 21st 2019 in Bilbao.

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Cybersecurity for Robotics Reseach State of Affairs

Robots are widely used in industrial production environments and increasingly in logistics, healthcare and home appliances. Most of the traditional robot systems are being operated by a PLC and / or a specific robot controller. But even while being isolated in industrial networks, these machines are not free from harm. Both human safety and product quality are at stake. But more increasingly flexible, autonomous and versatile robots have entered in to the
industrial domain. Collaborative robots are being released from their cages and put in close cooperation with humans. That positive trend also sees a significant decline in cost for robotics. Partially thanks to the availability of standard technologies (internet / IoT, OPC/UA, ROS, cloud, Azure Sphere, …) and the interconnectivity of the robotic systems. But most of the robotic systems lack a fundamental cybersecurity posture.

The variety of architectures following the five main trends (controller operated robots, PLC operated robots, ROS operated robots, IoT or cloud operated robots) allows for a versatility and diversity of potential vulnerabilities to robotic systems. The following list is not exhaustive and very dependent on the situation and the way the robots were implemented. A lot of research leading to identifying the vulnerabilities indicated that it was simply scratching the surface.

Controller take-overROS Service Isolation AttackCompromising controllerROS stealth publisher attackConfiguration tamperingService isolation attackUser-perceived robot state alterationMalicious parameter attackRobot State alterationFault-injectionProduction logic tamperingSafetyCalibration parameter tamperingIoT – device firmwaresEmbedded System attacksCloud based DDOSApplication Attacks – Buffer OvervlowsDigital Identity FraudExecution AttacksOpen SSLData – control traffic manipulation from/to
client / robot
Application vulnerabilizes.Data – application manipulation from/to
client / pplication
ROS ExploitsStealth publisher attackIoT exploits : DOS

Cybersecurity topics and approaches discussed

There are different approaches possible in trying to improve the Robots cybersecurity. These have to be systematic from an industrial perspective, depending on the risk they impose the factory and the situation. Isolation is a start, hardening access control, putting cryptographic measures in place and improving the application security are basic measures. A lot can be done by the robot manufacturers by ensuring security by design for the robot controllers, the robots and the applications instructing and controlling them.

Finally, the robot is mostly not acting completely in isolation, but is a part of an enterprise environment and needs to align to the company's industrial cybersecurity policies and procedures, the specific

The aim of the current activities is to gather a further improvement and perspective on the current state of affairs

Proof of concepts, demonstrators or use case applications of

  1. System and embedded security on industrial robot systems with agents or agentless
  2. Integrating robot systems in the overall industrial security architecture and orchestrating a cybersecurity defense strategy
  3. Realtime robot communications systems : crypto, monitoring and
  4. Applying existing Cybersecurity technologies such as white listing, white boxing, security by design and advanced analytics for threat detection and prevention
  5. Robots and Privileged Access Management
  6. Cyber Threat Intelligence and Security incident management reporting for industrial robot environments
  7. Robot Application (Development and Run Time) Security
  8. Cyberphysical convergence, using both physical Robot and environmental sensors in combination with advanced threat detection
  9. Application of Cybersecurity standards and frameworks for Robotics
  10. Security for Cloud and IoT applied to Robots


In relation to the TRINITY Open Call

The TRINITY project Open Call is calling for proposals up to 300.000 € for innovative robotics projects to be presented. During the days of the CyberSecurity for Robotics conference and the Basque Cyber Security days or Industry 4.0 days, there will be plenty of opportunity to meet with peers and consider preparing for single or joint proposals.

Preliminary Agenda

The following agenda will be adapted in the following weeks and months.

November 18th :

  1. 16.00h welcome & registration & site visits to the local robotics producers and ALIAS robotics
  2. 18.30h introduction & networking & 5 minute elevator pitches fof participants or partner exchanges on the TRINITY Open Call
  3. 20.00h networking dinner

November 19th :

  1. 8.30h welcome & registration
  2. 9.00h opening address : beyond CyberSecurity & Safety, Ethics and Robotics
  3. 9.30h opening panel : CyberSecurity, Safety and Ethics in Robotics
  4. 10.30h : Break
  5. 10.50h : CyberSecurity for Robotics : risks assessments, holistic approaches and vulnerability management papers
  6. 12.20h : Vulnerabilities, Attacks, CyberPhysical, Safety risks and dangers, impact on CyberSecurity
  7. 14.00h : lunch breack
  8. 15.00h : Solutions, technical approaches, mitigation strategies, defensive actions, Security by Design
  9. 16.30h : Break
  10. 16.50h : Industrial Solutions, current state of the art in technologies and expectations
  11. 18.00h : Closing Panel discussion : Identifying Gaps in CyberSecurity Research for Robotics
  12. 19.00h : Networking Reception & Poster Discussions
  13. 20.30h : End of CSfR2019


Call for Papers

A call for papers, abstracts and posters has been opened via EasyChair for interested researchers, academics and others to participate in.

The results of the forum will be presented at the European Robotics Forum 2020.

For more information, contact CSfR2019 at lsec.eu

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