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CSIS Seminar

Mission Dependency Analysis with Physical Network Relationships*

Speaker:   Dr. Les Servi, The MITRE Corporation
When:   February 22, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:   Johnson Center, Gold Room


Combining functional and physical relationships is a natural means to identify the key areas a network is most vulnerable in an attack. Towards that end this talk examines four variations of the general combinatoric decision making problem of identifying the physical nodes of a computer network to enter, the physical nodes to traverse and then the functional nodes to attack to most impact the network's mission all subject to a budget constraint. This talk ends with numerical experiments which illustrate by example, the size and complexity of networks which can be analyzed using the methods described.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Servi received his PhD in engineering from Harvard University, worked at Bell Laboratories, and GTE (now Verizon) Laboratories pursuing telecommunication research, served 1 year as a visiting scientist at Harvard University and MIT, and worked at MIT Lincoln Lab in the areas of communication and ISR. He currently is a Group Leader at The MITRE Corporation and the Project Leader of an internal Cyber Analytics project, an internal Health Analytics project, and an Air Force Logistics- related project. At MITRE he has contributed to a diversity of areas including the analysis of social media, portfolio analysis, robust optimization applied to systems of interest, and cyber security. Dr. Servi has an extensive publication record and 10 patents derived from his mathematical analysis. He has been very active in INFORMS and served on its Board of Directors for 6 years. He has also served as Chair of the Boston Chapter of INFORMS, Chair of the INFORMS Telecommunication Society, Chair of the INFORMS Applied Probability Society, and was the founding Chair of the INFORMS Social Media Analytics section. In 2004, he was named Fellow of INFORMS. He has been an editor of Operations Research, Management Science, INFORMS Journal of Computing, and has been invited to serve on PhD thesis committees at Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, and George Washington University. In 2010-11, he served on a Defense Science Board Task Force and again in 2016. In 2016, he was an invited keynote speaker at the MORS Special Meeting on Emerging Techniques. *This is joint work with Kael Stilp (The MITRE Corporation).