Securing remote access to water & wastewater critical infrastructure

Description:Securing remote access to water & wastewater critical infrastructure. Presenter: Zane Spencer, P.Tech.(Eng.), MPE Engineering Ltd. Process control systems are utilized throughout water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and wastewater treatment systems. Many of these systems provide remote access to operators, engineers and vendors who, through varying levels of interaction, can enhance their day-to-day job functions. Concerns regarding the cyber security of these remote access schemes have emerged as a result of an increase in the number of reported security vulnerabilities in industrial process control system components. The presentation will discuss: • Current concerns regarding cyber security of process controls systems • Typical requirements for remote access to process control systems • Industry best practices for developing remote access schemes • Common factors which should be considered when developing remote access schemes Additionally, the presentation will provide examples of a remote access scheme for a small, medium and large process control system. Each example will outline the specific connection methods for various groups of users as well as the security considerations implemented in the different control systems.

Authors: Zane Spencer

Subjects: Wastewater

Tags:2015 Annual Conference,2015 BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show,AC15

Citation:stream 6: Building Resilience

Publication Date:May 28th, 2015 Upload Date:Jun 25th, 2015

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