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Wednesday, October 25 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Anatomy of an Attack: Real-World ICS Attack Vectors and How to Defend Against Them

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What are your blind spots when it comes to protecting critical ICS from attacks that can impact production and safety? Compromising a Level 1 or 0 Industrial Control System (ICS) cyber asset is a not a difficult thing to do for someone with knowledge of industrial control systems. 

Traditionally, industrial processing facilities have relied on security by obscurity, system complexity, air gapping, network segmentation, and perimeter-based security protection for process control networks (PCNs). Many organizations have put IT-centric security technologies in place that primarily focus on securing Level 3 and 2 systems within the PCN, such as operator systems and workstations.

This IT-centric approach fails to protect Level 1 and 0 production-centric assets sufficiently, thus leaving them vulnerable. This creates a huge blind spot, which leaves industrial processing facilities vulnerable to common ICS attack vectors.

This presentation provides an overview of two simple Level 1 and 0 attack vectors that challenge most industrial processing facilities to defend proactively against. It provides an in-depth examination of the thought processes used by an attacker, along with a detailed anatomy of each attack. It then discusses the required technical controls needed to defend against each type of attack.

Attendees will learn:

  • How an attacker approaches an ICS environment
  • How two real-world attack vectors can lead to process and safety disruption as well as how to defend against them
  • Security controls that protect against these two scenarios

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Nick Cappi

Director of Technical Consulting, PAS Global
Nick Cappi joined PAS in 1995. As Director of Technical Consulting, Nick and his team of technologists solve critical business challenges for PAS customers from initial engagement through solutions deployment. During his tenure at PAS, Nick has held a variety of positions includi... Read More →

Wednesday October 25, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm

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