SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) refers to industrial control systems; computer systems that monitor and control industrial, infrastructure, or facility-based processes. With SCADA, industrial processes include those of manufacturing, production, power generation, and refining, and typically functions in continuous, batch, repetitive or discrete modes. Infrastructure processes may be public or private, and include water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, oil and gas pipelines, electrical power transmission and distribution wind farms, solar power plants, civil defense siren systems and large communication systems. Facility processes occur both in public facilities and private ones, including buildings, airports and sea ports. They monitor and control HVAC, access, and energy consumption.
SCADA systems have evolved through three generations;
The move from proprietary technologies to more standardized and open solutions together with the increased number of connections between SCADA systems and office networks and the Internet has made them more vulnerable to attacks. Consequently, the security of some SCADA-based systems has come into question as they are increasingly seen as extremely vulnerable to cyberwarfare / cyberterrorism attacks – most recently the Stuxnet worm specifically targeted towards SCADA networks .
DTS Solution brings practical SCADA security solutions to the regional market space through unique understanding of SCADA systems, processes and critical integration requirements. SCADA Security for PLC (Progammable Logic Controller) and DCS (Distributed Control Systems) controllers or RTU (Remote Terminal Unit) and protecting interaction from HMI (Human Machine Interface) terminals. Whilst SCADA security is unique and different from IT Security, it needs to be managed from a common risk perspective.
Contact DTS sales team to schedule a practical SCADA security workshop and how the solution offering can overall improve security processes and control functions within your environment.