Handbook of SCADA/Control Systems Security by Robert Radvanovsky, Jacob Brodsky

By Robert Radvanovsky, Jacob Brodsky

The supply and safety of many prone we depend upon—including water remedy, electrical energy, healthcare, transportation, and fiscal transactions—are frequently positioned in danger via cyber threats. The instruction manual of SCADA/Control platforms protection is a primary define of protection techniques, methodologies, and appropriate info relating the supervisory keep an eye on and information acquisition (SCADA) structures and know-how that quietly function within the heritage of severe software and commercial amenities worldwide.

Divided into 5 sections, the e-book examines subject matters comprising capabilities inside of and all through commercial regulate platforms (ICS) environments. themes include:

- rising tendencies and danger elements that plague the ICS protection community

- threat methodologies and ideas that may be utilized to defend and safe an automatic operation

- tools for choosing occasions resulting in a cyber incident, and strategies for restoring and mitigating issues—including the significance of severe communications

- the need and reasoning in the back of imposing a governance or compliance program

- A strategic roadmap for the advance of a secured SCADA/control structures surroundings, with examples

- correct concerns about the upkeep, patching, and actual localities of ICS equipment

- the best way to behavior education workouts for SCADA/control systems

The ultimate chapters define the information relied upon for exact processing, discusses rising concerns with info overload, and gives perception into the prospective destiny course of ISC security.

The ebook provides an important details for securing commercial automation/process keep an eye on structures as a part of a severe infrastructure safety software. The content material has international functions for securing crucial governmental and monetary platforms that experience advanced into present-day protection nightmares. The authors current a "best practices" method of securing enterprise administration environments on the strategic, tactical, and operational degrees.

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A response to such concerns would be to discuss the possibility that someone in another social class/country/tribe/religion/etcetera might see an opportunity to hurt the economy of those considered an enemy. Or, more likely, it could be a disgruntled contractor or employee who felt that he got a raw deal. The attack vector could be the very thing they used to make remote access possible. It could be a wireless link. It could be a logic bomb. It could be a modem left behind during the construction and testing phase.

In the electric power industry, they can manage and control the transmission and delivery of electric power, for example, by opening and closing circuit breakers and setting thresholds for preventive shutdowns. Using integrated control systems, the oil and gas industry can control the refining operations on a plant site as well as remotely monitor the pressure and flow of gas pipelines and control the flow and pathways of gas transmission. With water utilities, control systems can remotely monitor well levels, control the wells’ pumps, monitor water flows, tank levels, or water pressure in storage tanks; monitor water quality characteristics such as pH, turbidity, and chlorine residual; and control the addition of chemicals.

The issue can be summarized by saying that patches should be pulled (by an ­operator and possibly others), not pushed, through the automation networks. This issue will become less of a problem as the development cycle for control systems focuses toward a more continuous, less disruptive, less project-oriented management. That said, the policy where operations and engineering do not patch at all is unacceptable. Patching will improve the performance and life cycle of all parts of the control system.

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