July 2002

Special Report: Plant Utilities

Securing supervisory control and data acquisition systems

Use these guidelines to reduce the impact of cyberterrorism

Saad, A. Y., Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, more companies throughout the U.S., and most likely throughout the world, are going to reassess their security and backup plans. Plans that were already begun and shelved, for one reason or another, are going to be pulled from dusty drawers and new ones will be created. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems monitoring and controlling the infrastructure networks throughout the nation should undoubtedly be given serious attention. After all, SCADA systems lag behind others when it comes to security. SCADA sy

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