• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024
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Yair Amir

Johns Hopkins University

Research Professor, Department of Computer Science

Yair Amir is a Research Professor of Computer Science, and director of the Distributed Systems and Networks lab (www.dsn.jhu.edu) at Johns Hopkins University. His goal is to invent resilient, performant and secure distributed systems that make a difference, collecting friends along the way. He is a creator of several open-source technologies, including the Spire intrusion-tolerant SCADA for the power grid (www.dsn.jhu.edu/spire), the first to protect against both system-level and network-level attacks and compromises. Spire for the Substation went through an extensive red-team exercise by Sandia National Laboratories at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 2022 and was transitioned to GE and Siemens toward making their high-voltage protective relays resilient to intrusions. Dr. Amir served as department chair of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins (2015-2018), as program co-chair (2015) and general co-chair (2022) of the IEEE/IFIP Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) conference, and as a Vice Chair of the IFIP 10.4 Working Group on Dependable Computing (2016-2018). Dr. Amir is a co-founder of LTN Global Communications (www.ltnglobal.com). LTN offers global transport services that are used by major broadcasters including Disney, YouTube TV, Fox, CNN, ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, ESPN, NBC, PBS, and Turner. Dr. Amir holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Sessions With Yair Amir

Wednesday, 8 March

  • 08:30am - 09:15am (CST) / 08/mar/2023 02:30 pm - 08/mar/2023 03:15 pm

    Johns Hopkins | Spire: Cyberattack-resilient power grid substations

    As can be seen in Ukraine and in recent attacks in the US, high voltage transformers in power grid substations are becoming prime targets both in physical space and in cyberspace, threatening our society. High-voltage protective relays are essential to protect these transformers from electrical current surges, but present a high-value target for cyberattacks. This Lyceum talk discusses new advances in making protective relays resilient to cyberattacks, which are implemented in Spire, an open-source intrusion-tolerant SCADA system for the power grid from Johns Hopkins University.