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Trade-off Management between Safety and Cybersecurity (TOMSAC)

Trade-off Management between Safety and Cybersecurity (TOMSAC)


The PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity

Total value of project


Value to Coventry University


Project team

Dr Giedre Sabaliauskaite (PI), Professor Siraj Shaikh


Paul Wooderson (HORIBA MIRA Ltd)

Duration of project

01/10/2021 - 30/09/2022

Project overview

This research is aimed at assuring cybersecurity and safety of complex CPS/IoT systems, which arise from convergence of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT). Such systems-of-systems interact with humans and integrate digital capabilities (networking, data, computational systems) with physical devices and engineering systems to enhance performance and functionality. Their application domains include transportation, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture and other sectors.
The core challenge addressed by this research is the trade-off management between cybersecurity and safety. Safety and cybersecurity are inter-dependent, often complementing or conflicting each other. Trade-off assessment can help to determine an optimal balance between safety and security measures and risks.

Project objectives

The aim of this research is to develop a new method TOMSAC along with a tool and an application example for managing safety and cybersecurity trade-offs in CPS/IoT systems. There are many factors involved in safety and cybersecurity trade-off management, such safety and security risk levels, costs, needs of various stakeholders, technology limitations, etc. Developers need to make decisions on how to balance the trade-offs among these factors in order to achieve their goals.

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