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Thursday, October 24 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Industrial Control Systems: Comparing Methodologies to Reduce Risk

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Organizations and professionals are challenged to protect industrial control systems (ICS). Industrial control systems have been and continue to be the target of advanced cyber-attacks. These systems run the infrastructures that power the electric grid, natural gas supply, transportation, and other vital commodities. Cyber-security professionals have enumerated various techniques and methods to protect ICS against cyber-attacks. Despite these protective methods, ICS still suffer from breaches.

This study conducted a deep dive into three of the most advanced ICS cyber-attacks (Stuxnet, TRISYS, BlackEnergy 3)

The tactics of penetration and attack of each cyber-attack were reviewed. The study then examined several of the methods of protection recommended by regulatory and industry professionals. Each of these protection methods was matched against each of the advanced cyber-attacks to establish the efficacy of the method to protect the ICS.

The results of this study found that not all methods of ICS protection worked against advanced ICS cyber-attacks. In addition, there was a noticeable difference of protection among the methods against first-time attacks, when the malware was unknown, versus attacks when the malware was known to the cyber community and steps were taken to defend against the attack.

The study recommended further research into current ICS cyber-attacks. Additional exploration should be done to select and examine other documented methods of protection. Adding further results to the tables in the study will sharpen the determination of the effectiveness of each method against cyber-attacks.

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Nathan Katzenstein

Nathan is an IT professional with 20+ years of experience in Operations, Departmental Director, IT Project Management & Project development. He will be presenting his research paper "ICS Protection Methodologies - What works for your site?" Completed a Masters in Cyber Security... Read More →

Thursday October 24, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
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