Visible to the public Virtualization of Industrial Control System Testbeds for Cybersecurity

TitleVirtualization of Industrial Control System Testbeds for Cybersecurity
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsAlves, Thiago, Das, Rishabh, Morris, Thomas
Conference NameProceedings of the 2Nd Annual Industrial Control System Security Workshop
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number978-1-4503-4788-4
Keywordscompositionality, cybersecurity, Human Behavior, ICs, Modbus, OpenPLC, PLC, pubcrawl, Resiliency, SCADA, SCADA Systems Security, Simulink, vulnerability analysis

With an immense number of threats pouring in from nation states and hacktivists as well as terrorists and cybercriminals, the requirement of a globally secure infrastructure becomes a major obligation. Most critical infrastructures were primarily designed to work isolated from the normal communication network, but due to the advent of the "Smart Grid" that uses advanced and intelligent approaches to control critical infrastructure, it is necessary for these cyber-physical systems to have access to the communication system. Consequently, such critical systems have become prime targets; hence security of critical infrastructure is currently one of the most challenging research problems. Performing an extensive security analysis involving experiments with cyber-attacks on a live industrial control system (ICS) is not possible. Therefore, researchers generally resort to test beds and complex simulations to answer questions related to SCADA systems. Since all conclusions are drawn from the test bed, it is necessary to perform validation against a physical model. This paper examines the fidelity of a virtual SCADA testbed to a physical test bed and allows for the study of the effects of cyber- attacks on both of the systems.

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