Semester of Graduation

Spring 2024


Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)

Document Type



Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are the foundation of our critical infrastructure, and allow for the manufacturing of the products we need. These systems monitor and control power plants, water treatment plants, manufacturing plants, and much more. The security of these systems is crucial to our everyday lives and to the safety of those working with ICS. In this thesis we examined how an attacker can take control of these systems using a power plant simulator in the Applied Cybersecurity Lab at LSU. Running experiments on a live environment can be costly and dangerous, so using a simulated environment is the best option. After conducting cyber attacks against the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), we also explored how to detect these attacks.



Committee Chair

Richard, Golden G