America's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wants to take a hand in addressing the SCADA industry's chronic insecurity, by building a test bed for industrial control systems.
The Reconfigurable Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Testbed is only in its earliest stages. According to this RFI, the organisation first wants to conduct research that will let it lay out the specs for the testbed.
“The goal of this system is to measure the performance of
industrial control systems when instrumented with cyber-security
protections in accordance with best practices prescribed by national and
international standards and guidelines,” the RFI states.
Industrial automation a big driver of Internet of Things spending, running well ahead of their security.
SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems have hit the
Internet, their poor security has become clear. Everything from traffic management systems to power stations and airports, to pretty much everything (for a given definition of “everything”) is up for grabs, with the famous Shodan search engine lending a helping hand to find vulnerable systems.
says its testbed will run a variety of industrial control scenarios,
starting with simulating a chemical process called the Tennessee-Eastman
“The TE problem is an ideal candidate for cyber-security
investigation because it is an open-loop unstable process that requires
closed-loop supervision to maintain process stability and optimize
operating costs,” the RFI says.