Security Framework for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, Automation Systems, and Networks

C. Obimbo, F. Haji, L. Lindsay, and D. Patel (Canada)


Wireless Privacy and Security, SCADA, Control Systems, Security, Networks.


Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA) are used in industrial applications to monitor and control plant equipment and processes. Originally, SCADA systems were designed around reliability and safety, not security. Since these systems have become increasingly interconnected through the usage of “open” standards, vulnerabilities that traditionally affected the corporate network are now causing havoc on SCADA systems and networks. The focus of this paper is to study and evaluate the security risks as well as discuss countermeasures to minimize threats of these systems and the supported communication infrastructure.

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