A pilot database of Industrial Internet of Things networks for cyber security applications

The project establishes and shares the data from a testbed Industrial IoT (IIoT) network used for collecting heterogeneous datasets of telemetry sensors, network traffic, and operating systems of Windows and Linux systems empowered by standard formats, agreed protocols and well-defined data properties. 

It is the first activity to build, collect and examine these large distributed data collections generated from IIoT for cyber security applications.  It will measure the prevalence, severity and mode of online cyber activity affecting Australian cyberspace. Innovative statistical and deep learning algorithms will be used to explore the technical and textual data acquired.

The cybersecurity researchers from the University of New South Wales Canberra (UNSW) and the Charles Darwin University will be the main parties responsible for executing the project. Colleagues from RMIT, La Trobe, Data61 CSIRO, Cyber CRC and Australian Federal police will be consulted.

Start date 3 June 2019
Expected completion date 21 October 2019
Investment by ARDC $49,999
Lead node
1 Datasets stored in UNSW
Datasets stored in UNSW cloud storage with descriptions published on the web portal of UNSW
2 Final report
Final report written and given to ARDC
3 Completion of project
Project outcomes will be presented at the ARDC Data & Services Summit in October 2019.

Core features

Systematic testbed
Systematic testbed architecture for IIoT network
Standard formats
Standard formats of raw data for the four heterogeneous data sources: telemetry data, network data, windows data and Linux data.
Extracted new features
Extracted new features from the raw data for validating new cyber applications using statistical and deep learning models.
Datasets stored in UNSW cloud storage
Datasets stored in UNSW cloud storage with descriptions published on the web portal of UNSW to allow the research community to use them in their research studies.

Who is this project for?

  • Students
  • Researchers
  • Developers
  • Industry Partners
  • Research Organisations
  • Infrastructure Providers
  • Software Providers
  • Government (State and Commonwealth)

What does this project enable?

The data and methods shared by this project will have a profound impact on cybersecurity in Australia, as it will improve advanced cyber defence tools, improving cyber applications-based learning models such as: intrusion detection; privacy-preserving and digital forensics systems. 

Handy resources

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