Case Study about Improving Your Control System Security
Computer virus incidents cost companies billions of dollars every year. While antivirus technologies for detection and containment are attempting to keep pace, the threat is constantly evolving. The attack vector is no longer simply an infected executable on a floppy disk. Email, websites, macro-enabled documents, instant messages, peer-to-peer networks, cell phones, and other interconnected systems are all potential entry points onto our networks for a wide range of malware. Our ability to successfully defend these entry points, as well as recover in the event of a given contamination, needs improvement.
Overview: The water treatment facility is owned and operated by a public utility agency of a midsize city. Its primary function is to supply treated surface and ground water for human consumption, fire control, industrial, and commercial usage to the region. A Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system monitors processes taking place within the facility, as well as the storage and distribution components of the system to the surrounding communities. Specific functions of the SCADA include process visualization, control, alarming, and historical data logging for analysis and trending.
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