Björn Leander, Industrial Doctoral Student

Björn Leander graduated as a M.Sc in Computer Science and Control Theory, from Luleå University of Technology in 2002. After several years working in different fields of software development, he was employed at ABB Process Control Platform in 2013, where he now is a cybersecurity engineer. In 2020 Björn received a tech.licentiate degree from MDU.

Industrial control systems are undergoing a transformation driven by business requirements as well as technical advances, aiming towards increased connectivity, flexibility, and high level of modularity. That implies a need to revise existing cybersecurity measures. The overarching goal for this research project is to investigate and provide secure and robust solutions supporting these emergent system characteristics.

The focus area of the project is on access control, which is one of the major security mechanisms in any system, and that is largely affected by these advances. One of the major challenges targeted by the project is how to handle the inherently dynamic properties of the future industrial control systems, which ideally should be mirrored by similar flexibility in the access control policy rules as well as enforcement architectures. This project is carried out in collaboration between ABB PA/PCP and MDU.

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Latest publications:

Developing and Evaluating MQTT Connectivity for an Industrial Controller (Jun 2023)
Selma Opacin , Lejla Rizvanovic , Björn Leander, Aida Causevic, Saad Mubeen
11th International Conference on Cyber Physical Systems and IoT (CPS&IoT'23)

Access Control Enforcement Architectures for Dynamic Manufacturing Systems (Mar 2023)
Björn Leander, Aida Causevic, Tomas Lindström , Hans Hansson

Simulation Environment for Modular Automation Systems (Oct 2022)
Björn Leander, Tijana Markovic, Aida Causevic, Tomas Lindström , Hans Hansson, Sasikumar Punnekkat
48th Annual Conference of the Industrial Electronics Society (IECON 2022)

Anomaly Attack Detection in Wireless Networks Using DCNN (Oct 2022)
Van-Lan Dao, Björn Leander
IEEE 8th World Forum on Internet of Things (WFIoT2022)

A Questionnaire Study on the Use of Access Control in Industrial Systems (Sep 2021)
Björn Leander, Aida Causevic, Hans Hansson, Tomas Lindström
26th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA 2021)

Toward an ideal Access Control Strategy for Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Systems (Aug 2021)
Björn Leander, Aida Causevic, Hans Hansson, Tomas Lindström
Journal of IEEE Access (IEEE-Access)