Improving the Cybersecurity of CNI using Modelling and Simulation

PETRAS Policy Briefing


The PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT System Cybersecurity presents a Policy Briefing on Improving the Cybersecurity of Critical National Infrastructure using Modelling and Simulation.

The briefing is primarily aimed at government departments and agencies with management and regulatory roles linked to critical infrastructure sectors such as Transport, Water, Energy, Defence, Chemicals, Food & Agriculture. The advice may be particularly relevant to DfT, Cabinet Office, BEIS, Home Office, DCMS, DEFRA, and GO-Science.

The briefing looks to improve cybersecurity by raising awareness of the importance of adopting cybersecurity modelling and simulation techniques in Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) that embody integrated socio-technical factors.

The briefing note is based on research and synthesis following a state-of-the-art literature survey and engagement workshop with critical infrastructure stakeholders hosted by the Department for Transport (DfT) in February 2019 and a desk based study in the ongoing (2020-2022) PETRAS MASS project.

PETRAS is inviting key stakeholders from government and industry to attend a closed roundtable event on Thursday 24 March 2022 at 14.00 to discuss the outcomes of this briefing.

The session will be chaired by Professor Sarah Sharples, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Transport (DfT). 

Professor Sarah Sharples is Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Transport. She is a Professor of Human Factors in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham and from 2018-2021 was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and People. She has led research in transport, manufacturing and healthcare, and currently leads the EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council) Connected Everything Network Plus. She founded and is co-director of the EPSRC Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training, and has led research programmes examining implementation of new technologies in rail, highways and aviation. She was President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors from 2015-16.

If you are interested in learning more about the Policy Briefing or would like to request to attend the related roundtable event, please contact