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Hololens Augmented Reality to Foil Hack Attacks in Factories


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An Airbus engineer using the augmented reality system.

An augmented reality "IT help desk" could help factories identify and mitigate cyberattacks on industrial control systems by giving production engineers access to the expertise of security professionals.

Credit: Airbus

An augmented reality (AR) "IT help desk" could enable factories and industrial plants to identify and mitigate cyberattacks on industrial control systems by giving production engineers immediate access to the expertise of security professionals.

Cybersecurity researcher Kevin Jones and his team at the Airbus research center designed the system using Microsoft HoloLens AR visors. When network anomalies or machine behavioral changes are detected, the system alerts the remote security team, which instructs local engineers on how to fix the problem through the headset. Jones says this significantly reduces attack response time and protects infrastructure controls.

"If you forget everything you know about how to interact with a computer and their limited visualization capabilities, then augmented reality and haptic touchy-feely interfaces make complete sense," says Falanx Cyber Defense's Jay Abbott. "This has to be the direction of travel for the security industry--it will make remote support and operation more intuitive and more efficient."

The system currently is being used by Airbus, but the team plans to develop it for the open market. Airbus says it will hold further trials later this year to quantify the speed advantages of AR.

From New Scientist
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