SANS has joined forces with industry leaders and experts to strengthen the cybersecurity of Industrial Control Systems (ICS). The initiative is turning ICS cybersecurity around by equipping both security professionals and control system engineers with the security awareness, work-specific knowledge, and hands-on technical skills they need to secure automation and control system technology. he SANS ICS team is working to provide ICS-focused curriculum and certifications, as well as community resources including posters, white papers, and security practice application guidance. SANS has engaged the dedicated practitioner community that assembles during our global and regional ICS summits, and leveraged leaders from enterprises, governments, and vendors from around the globe to tackle our common challenges and share working solutions.
Industrial Control Systems (ICS), which include Process Control, Distributed Control, PLC-based, and SCADA systems, are instrumental in the production of goods and provision of essential services. ICS is the label for the digital technology that collects, monitors, analyzes, decides, controls, and acts to safely produce and move physical things.
Securing cyber-to-physical systems requires our combined focus and the integration of disciplines such as design, planning, and operating engineers with cyber security and technology support.
ICS were initially envisioned to operate in isolated and trusted domains. Our hyper-connected world has boosted productivity and allowed us to leverage information from the plant floor and from around the world. Progress is exciting and our ever-smarter planet has opened our ICS to people both good and bad. The race to connect our world has outpaced our security solutions and taxed people with the engineering understanding and security skills to keep our critical systems safe from advanced cyber threats.
It is time to join forces and equip both security professionals and control system engineers with the knowledge and skills they need to safeguard our critical infrastructures. SANS is marshaling community talent and ideas with the goal of contributing resources and supporting engineers and security pros to address ICS security concerns.