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Introduction to Industrial Network Control Systems - Chapter Summary
Students who are engaged in the study of computer science will want to learn about ways to protect the security of industrial networks. This chapter provides an introduction to this critical infrastructure. With the lessons in this chapter, you'll be introduced to concepts regarding the key components of industrial networks and control systems, the smart grid, and SCADA. Our informative lessons help you to quickly master the material, and the worksheets and quizzes included with each lesson provide the practice you need to have a thorough understanding of the content. When you're finished reviewing this chapter's lessons, you'll be able to:
- Identify industrial networks and the areas that make up industrial networks
- Recognize which industries fall under critical infrastructure protection, including bulk electricity and pharmaceutical industries
- Tell about the types of systems that make up industrial control systems
- Discuss the history of industrial control systems (ICS) and SCADA systems
- Explain the three-tiered ICS security model
- Describe functional ICS components
- Examine five common vulnerabilities of ICS systems
1. Types of Business Networks
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2. Industrial Networks: Definition, Types & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn about industrial networks and their use in various enterprises. Different examples of industrial networks will also be discussed.
3. What is Critical Infrastructure? - HSPD-7 & Protected Industries
This lesson explains what critical infrastructure is and examines the workings of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7, also identifying various industries regulated under its purview.
4. Smart Grid: Definition, Components, Benefits & Security Threats
In this lesson, we will discuss what smart grids are and the components they are comprised of. Additionally, we will review some of the benefits and challenges facing the implementation of smart grids today.
5. Industrial Control Systems (ICS): System Types & Examples
In this lesson, we will discuss what industrial control systems are and the types that are available. Additionally, we will review some real-world examples of industrial control systems providers.
6. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System: Definition & Components
SCADA systems are used in all different types of industry including utilities and manufacturing. In this lesson, we'll discuss what SCADA systems are and how they can be used.
7. History of ICS & SCADA Systems
In this lesson, we will discuss the history and evolution of industrial control systems (ICSs) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.
8. Industrial Control System (ICS): Zones & Security Model
In this lesson, you'll learn about different zones in an industrial control system (ICS). You'll also explore the three-tiered security model for industrial control systems.
9. Industrial Control System (ICS): Functional Components & Uses
This lesson explores functional Industrial Control System (ICS) components. You will mainly explore the functions and uses of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Remote Terminal Units (RTUs), and Communication Gateways.
10. Impact of the Internet of SCADA Systems
You may think that SCADA systems are 'out' now that the Internet of Things is 'in.' But in this lesson, you'll learn how the new IoT and the old SCADA are working together to help keep both big businesses and small businesses efficient and safe.
11. Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
This lesson explores the five common vulnerabilities to an Industrial Control System (ICS): buffer overflows, unauthenticated protocols, weak user authentication, untimely adoption of software and poor password policies.
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Other chapters within the Computer Science 330: Critical Infrastructure Security course
- Industrial Network Security & Threats
- Industrial Network Design & Architecture
- Network Protocols in Industrial Networks
- Risk Assessment & Vulnerability in Industrial Networks
- Implementing Secure Zones & Conduits in Industrial Networks
- Protecting Industrial Networks Using Security & Access Controls
- Detecting Threats, Exceptions & Anomalies in Critical Infrastructure
- Monitoring the Security of Industrial Networks
- Policies, Procedures & Standards for ICS & SCADA Systems
- Required Assignments for Computer Science 330