Protecting Infrastructure from Cyber Attacks
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has become more concerned with cyber attacks on infrastructure such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. An attack in Iran has proven ...
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has become more concerned with cyber attacks on infrastructure such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. An attack in Iran has proven that the landscape of cyber warfare is continually evolving. As the SCADA systems are the systems that autonomously monitor and adjust switching among other processes within critical infrastructures such as nuclear plants, and power grids DHS has become concerned about these systems as they are unmanned frequently and remotely accessed. A vulnerability such as remote access could allow anyone to take control of assets to critical infrastructure remotely. There has been increasing mandates, and directives to ensure any system deployed meets stringent requirements. As the Stuxnet worm has become a reality, future attacks could be malicious code directly targeting specific locations of critical infrastructure. This paper will address methods to protect infrastructure from cyber attacks using a hybrid of certification & accreditation (C&A) processes and information assurance (IA) controls.
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