Building a Better Bunker: Securing Energy Control Systems Against Terrorists and Cyberwarriors

by Jonathan Pollet
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments SANS Institute covert channels

People take for granted that electric power, water, telecommunications, gas supply, and other critical infrastructure systems are available to serve their everyday needs. Of all the utilities most people rely on, power is most critical because a significant power failure can disrupt all other utility services in the affected region. Power generation, along with its transmission and distribution, relies on SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems for process management and control. SCADA applicationsshare real-time generation,transmission and distribution data with regional load-balancing entities, marketing partners, trading teams, and other departments outside of the cloistered control network.