Whether the Control System is automating an industrial facility or a local amusement park roller coaster, the system was designed to operate in a physically, cyber and operationally secure domain. This domain extends throughout the facility using a combination of Programmable Logic Controllers, Programmable Automation Controllers, embedded logic controllers, Remote Terminal Units, as well as Human Machine Interfaces interlinked with one or a variety of communication protocols across local and long distance geographic regions. The risks vary from simple eavesdropping or electronic denial of service to more sophisticated asset misuse and destruction. To further compound the challenge, today there are not enough professionals with security skills to sufficiently deter, detect and defend active threats against our critical infrastructure's control systems.
The class establishes a high-level understanding of Critical Infrastructure and Control System cybersecurity valuable to a wide-range of students and teachers. The class dives into real-world cybersecurity applications and satisfies those who need or want to understand the inner-workings of the systems as well as the programming behind industrial automation and the Internet of Things. The class is applicable to: