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Thursday, April 27 • 14:30 - 15:15
ICS Life After Stuxnet

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Stuxnet made headlines in the OT (Operational Technology) world back in 2010. It was a wake up call to those who never really thought ICS (Industrial Control Systems) could be hacked, let alone cause severe damage to a nuclear plant in Iran.

Today, SCADA/ICS engineers are now expected to design not only functional logic, safety logic but also system hardening for cybersecurity. Cybersecurity for ICS or OT poses different problems that are unlike that of Enterprise or IT Cybersecurity.  

While Enterprise security prioritizes data in the order of CIA (Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability), ICS demands the reverse, i.e. AIC. Why is availability so important to ICS? Well, think of how important is your heart pumping to blood to various organs including your brain. Stop for a few seconds and the consequences could be fatal.

Every piece of data is processed in real-time. These 'data' consist of both sensor data and commands to output elements such as actuators, valves, motors and pumps etc. 

That means latency is a key factor when intercepting such data to analyze becomes challenging. Typically it cannot afford to be delayed more than a few milliseconds. And even if suspicious data is detected, it cannot be filtered out as any false positives could have dire consequences. Nothing shapes human behaviour to ignore 'cry wolf' any more than false alarms. Even to the point of muzzling or by-passing the security mechanism. 

Another aspect of OT is in the area of Functional Safety whereby safety interlocks, Emergency Shutdown System (ESD or SIS) are designed with Safety PLC. Can hackers penetrate the SIS from Process Control System (PCS)? Can malware propagate from PCS to SIS? Can cybersecurity impact safety?

Given that OT is a different animal, are there any effective ways to protect ICS from Cyber attacks? Tune in to find out the current industrial practices and of the shape of things to come. 


Speakers
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David Ong

Founder, Excel Marco
Mr. David Ong has obtained his MBA from the University of Louisville in 2002 and a Certified Functional Safety Experts (CFSE). He is the founder for Excel Marco and Attila. Excel Marco is founded in early 2000. Excel Marco is a premier solutions provider for process automation and... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 14:30 - 15:15
Moor Room 4th Floor

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