Lesson 4F – Designing Safe & Secure HMIs

This lesson provides up-to-date guidance on how to design HMIs that are safe, secure, reliable, and effective.

Learning Objectives
  • Explain the nature and purpose of HMIs
  • Explain why ergonomics is essential for HMI design, development, and deployment
  • Identify architectural, data management, and cognitive issues that are central to HMI implementation
  • Apply CIA to analyze an HMI
  • Describe the ISA 101 standard and explain why it is important for future operations and manufacturing innovation
Lesson 4F – Designing Safe & Secure HMIs Lesson Plans
Laboratory Exercise 4E/4F – Designing Safe & Secure HMIs

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* NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework KSAs Addressed
  • K0036: Knowledge of human-computer interaction principles.
  • K0146: Knowledge of the organization's core business/mission processes.
  • K0164: Knowledge of functionality, quality, and security requirements and how these will apply to specific items of supply (i.e., elements and processes).
  • K0165: Knowledge of risk threat assessment.
  • K0245: Knowledge of principles and processes for conducting training and education needs assessment.
  • K0246: Knowledge of relevant concepts, procedures, software, equipment, and technology applications.
  • K0252: Knowledge of training and education principles and methods for curriculum design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training and education effects.
  • S0010: Skill in conducting capabilities and requirements analysis.
  • S0030: Skill in developing operations-based testing scenarios.
  • S0038: Skill in identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system
  • A0064: Ability to interpret and translate customer requirements into operational capabilities.
  • A0101: Ability to recognize and mitigate cognitive biases which may affect analysis.
  • A0118: Ability to understand technology, management, and leadership issues related to organization processes and problem solving.
  • A0119: Ability to understand the basic concepts and issues related to cyber and its organizational impact.
* NSA/DHS Center of Excellence (CAE) KUs Addressed
  • Basic Data Analysis
  • Basic Scripting or Introductory Programming
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Industrial Control Systems

* Most courseware content maps to NIST NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) and/or NSA/DHS CAE Knowledge Units (KUs). For more information on KSAs and KUs, please visit:

KSAs: http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/SpecialPublications/NIST.SP.800-181.pdf

KUs: https://www.iad.gov/NIETP/documents/Requirements/CAE-CD_2019_Knowledge_Units.pdf