SCADA and Control System Security: New Standards Protecting Old Technology

  • Scott Howard


Industrial control systems were designed and built with a primary focus on performance, availability and reliability - not security. As these systems integrate with corporate networks (and become indirectly connected to the Internet) and their vulnerabilities become more widely known, they are exposed to a variety of threats, from general network probes and denial of service attacks to custom malware that specifically target their components and protocols.

A new generation of standards-based security offerings lets operators defend their control system networks using the same technology that protects telecommunications, banking, and other critical IT infrastructure. The general principles are the same: keep outsiders out, keep insiders honest, keep an eye out for trouble, and keep communications open, clear, and fast - especially during emergencies. Open standards originally designed to enable intelligent, responsive NAC solutions are leveraged by security solutions specifically designed to protect control system environments.


Security Policy Control System Network Security Incident Security Device Industrial Control System 
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© Vieweg+Teubner Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott Howard
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  1. 1.Trusted Computing GroupOregonUSA

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