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Tuesday, April 16 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Anatomy of an Attack: Two Real-World Industrial Control System Attack Vectors and How to Defend Against Them

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What are your blind spots when it comes to protecting critical ICS from attacks that can impact production and safety? Compromising a Level 1 or 0 Industrial Control System (ICS) cyber asset is a not a difficult thing to do for someone with knowledge of industrial control systems.

Traditionally, industrial processing facilities have relied on security by obscurity, system complexity, air gapping, network segmentation, and perimeter-based security protection for process control networks (PCNs). Many organizations have put IT-centric security technologies in place that primarily focus on securing Level 3 and 2 systems within the PCN, such as operator systems and workstations.
This IT-centric approach fails to protect Level 1 and 0 production-centric assets sufficiently, thus leaving them vulnerable. This creates a huge blind spot, which leaves industrial processing facilities vulnerable to common ICS attack vectors.

This presentation provides an overview of two simple Level 1 and 0 attack vectors that challenge most industrial processing facilities to defend proactively against. It provides an in-depth examination of the thought processes used by an attacker, along with a detailed anatomy of each attack. It then discusses the required technical controls needed to defend against each type of attack.

Attendees will learn:
  • How an attacker approaches an ICS environment
  • How two real-world attack vectors can lead to process and safety disruption as well as how to defend against them
  • Security controls that protect against these two scenarios

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Anand Makhija

Technical Director APAC, PAS
Anand Makhija is the Technical Director at PAS with over 12 years of experience in the Oil and Gas and Energy industry. Anand is a subject matter expert in control systems, process safety, automaton integrity, cybersecurity, and IPL assurance. Over the years, he has conducted several... Read More →

Tuesday April 16, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm GMT+08
Olivia Olivia (Stamford Ballroom)