O.14 Industrial Control System (ICS)

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ICSs are crucial to the operations of U.S. critical infrastructures that are often widely deployed, interconnected and mutually dependent systems. ICSs can include Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and other control system configurations. Several infrastructures that use ICSs have critical national security impact including electric, water and wastewater, oil and natural gas, transportation, chemical, and aerospace. Cyber operators should have knowledge of the attack and defense of ICSs.

Specific topics to be included in this knowledge unit include, but are not limited to:

  • SCADA
  • DCS
  • Vulnerabilities, countermeasures and attacks of ICS ecosystems

Outcome: Students will have an overall comprehension of key U.S. infrastructures controlled by ICS including the associated vulnerabilities associated with each infrastructure.

Outcome: Students will be able to describe how embedded systems are employed in industrial infrastructures and control systems. They will be able to identify means for capturing instrument telemetry and identifying feedback controls. They should be able to describe methods for managing distributed nodes and identify potential security vulnerabilities associated with the use of such systems and means for mitigating these vulnerabilities.

Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to discover and understand an ICS environment and identify the attack surface.