Digital Twin Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Life Cycle Security

Taru Itäpelto

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The cyber security of critical infrastructures (CIs) is crucial for society’s functioning. Digitalization has connected previously isolated systems, creating complex networks with many interdependencies. Despite increased interest in security standards and legislation, testing and ensuring cyber security for these systems is still challenging due to their long life cycle (LC) and continuous availability requirements. Traditional security testing methods like pen-and-paper and penetration testing are insufficient, and the latter may compromise system availability. This paper presents a PhD project aiming to enhance CIs’ life cycle security (LCS) using a digital twin (DT)-enhanced solution. We discuss the project’s current status and future plans, as well as propose utilising DTs to improve testing and quality assurance, specifically for the defence-in-depth (DiD) strategy’s implementation during the system’s LC.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 IEEE Smart World Congress (SWC)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)979-8-3503-1980-4
ISBN (Print)979-8-3503-1981-1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2023
EventIEEE Smart World Congress, SWC 2023 - Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Aug 202331 Aug 2023


ConferenceIEEE Smart World Congress, SWC 2023
Abbreviated titleSWC
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Quality assurance
  • Digital twins
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Security
  • Computer crime
  • Standards
  • Testing
  • 2024 OA procedure


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