Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Committee Chair

Tommy Morris

Committee Member

David J. Coe

Committee Member

Laurie L. Joiner

Committee Member

Karthikeyan Lingasubramanian

Committee Member

Tauhidur Rahman


Cooperating objects (Computer systems)--Security measures., Penetration testing (Computer security), Cyberterrorism., Computer security--Research.


In this work, the author presents research that will result in three contributions to the cybersecurity field. The first is a software model of a navigational lock based on the Sault St. Marie Locks. It is constructed with Matlab Simulink and open-source tools, using information available on existing systems and the government standards for lock construction. The second contribution is a methodology for use in comparing and testing intrusion detection and prevention systems. This includes the creation of a network data set, eleven network attacks to be used in testing, and criteria with which analyzed systems may be compared. Lastly, the researcher will use this model and approach to test and compare previously published intrusion detection and prevention systems in order to perform the critical "peer review and replication" portion of the scientific method. Literature reviews of cyber-physical system modeling, navigational locks, cybersecurity network threats, and intrusion detection systems are also performed.



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