From NetAPT to NP-View, A Case Study in Transferring Technology from Academia to Industry

Presented By:
Robin Berthier, Research Scientist, Information Trust Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and President, Network Perception
Date and Location:
Friday, September 6, 2013 - 1:00pm
NCSA Auditorium | Webcast
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Research projects started in an academic environment can take a variety of paths to have an impact in the industrial world. The goal of this presentation is to explore the case of the NetAPT tool that is on its way towards commercialization. NetAPT started at the Information Trust Institute in 2006 to analyze firewall rulesets. The continued development under TCIPG enabled the tool to be deployed by more than 20 energy utilities across the nation in order to analyze complex network configurations and to verify compliance with critical infrastructure protection regulations from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC CIP). The presentation will first delve into the core technology behind NetAPT before explaining lessons learned through evaluations of the tool in production environments and through interactions with end users. A key emphasis will be made on how the development roadmap has evolved to better address the needs of compliance officers and auditors.


Robin Berthier is transitioning from his current position of Research Scientist in the Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to becoming the President of Network Perception, a startup incubated at the University Research Park in Champaign. His research background includes experimental security analysis and system and network monitoring solutions. His experience transferring technologies from academia to industry started while doing his PhD at the University of Maryland through two projects: a hybrid honeypot management tool called Honeybrid, and a large-scale Netflow-processing and visualization framework called Nfsight. This experience has grown at the University of Illinois through the Amilyzer project, a specification-based intrusion detection system for advanced metering infrastructures, and the NetAPT project, a network visualization and firewall configuration analyzer designed to help utilities to comply with critical infrastructure protection regulations.

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About the TCIPG Seminar Series:

The seminar series is presented by the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Project, an $18 million multi-university research effort whose partner institutions include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Arizona State University, Dartmouth, and Washington State University. The TCIPG Project, a successor to the earlier NSF-funded TCIP Center, was founded in 2009 with support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is housed in the Information Trust Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.