Cyber-Physical Systems and National Security

Batsukh, Enkhbilig, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Wayland, Kent, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Powell, Harry, EN-Elec/Computer Engr Dept, University of Virginia
DeLong, Todd, EN-Elec/Computer Engr Dept, University of Virginia
Ramakrishnan, Adarsh, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

This thesis portfolio is comprised of research into the cyberphysical systems that define the
global economy, from the consumer appliance to defense technology networks. On a societal
scale, many Americans utilize cyberphysical systems as a matter of course – few consider the
level of integration these tools have achieved to be particularly abnormal. Computerized control
systems have contributed to the development of a vast array of devices that simplify or enhance
everyday life from smart fridges to intercontinental ballistic missile defense platforms. Using
computer tools to produce and control these devices has allowed for immense prosperity and
growth over the previous thirty years, ushering in tangible, material benefits for the average
American. However, these tools can be double-edged – frivolous or unscrupulous design or
usage can cause difficulties and even create vulnerabilities. Ultimately, these devices possess
certain security concerns due to the nature of the inbuilt communication networks that make
them possible, with electronic signals capable of influencing the mechanical actions they take.
The alternatives to and importance of cyberphysical systems in developed countries must be
evaluated in order to understand the effects of unleashing their forces on everyday lives.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Cyberphysical Systems, National Security
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