Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) technology plays an important role in the automation architectures of several critical infrastructures such as Industrial Control Systems (ICS), controlling equipment in contexts such as chemical processes, factory lines, power production plants or power distribution grids, just to mention a few examples. Despite their importance, PLCs constitute one of the weakest links in ICS security, frequently due to reasons such as the absence of secure communication mechanisms, authenticated access or system integrity checks. While events such as the Stuxnet worm have raised awareness for this problem, industry has slowly reacted, either due to reliability or cost concerns. This paper introduces the Shadow Security Unit, a low-cost device deployed in parallel with a PLC or Remote Terminal Unit (RTU), being capable of transparently intercepting its communications control channels and physical process I/O lines to continuously assess its security and operational status. The proposed device does not require significant changes to the existing control network, being able to work in standalone or integrated within an ICS protection framework.

Cruz, T., Barrigas, J., Proenca, J., Graziano, A., Panzieri, S., Lev, L., et al. (2015). Improving network security monitoring for industrial control systems. In Proceedings of the 2015 IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management, IM 2015 (pp.878-881). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. [10.1109/INM.2015.7140399].

Improving network security monitoring for industrial control systems

PANZIERI, Stefano;
2015

Abstract

Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) technology plays an important role in the automation architectures of several critical infrastructures such as Industrial Control Systems (ICS), controlling equipment in contexts such as chemical processes, factory lines, power production plants or power distribution grids, just to mention a few examples. Despite their importance, PLCs constitute one of the weakest links in ICS security, frequently due to reasons such as the absence of secure communication mechanisms, authenticated access or system integrity checks. While events such as the Stuxnet worm have raised awareness for this problem, industry has slowly reacted, either due to reliability or cost concerns. This paper introduces the Shadow Security Unit, a low-cost device deployed in parallel with a PLC or Remote Terminal Unit (RTU), being capable of transparently intercepting its communications control channels and physical process I/O lines to continuously assess its security and operational status. The proposed device does not require significant changes to the existing control network, being able to work in standalone or integrated within an ICS protection framework.
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Cruz, T., Barrigas, J., Proenca, J., Graziano, A., Panzieri, S., Lev, L., et al. (2015). Improving network security monitoring for industrial control systems. In Proceedings of the 2015 IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management, IM 2015 (pp.878-881). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. [10.1109/INM.2015.7140399].
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