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Standardized security assessment framework for ICS devices and pilot project

Prudnikova, Anna (2019) Standardized security assessment framework for ICS devices and pilot project.

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Abstract:The recent trend of digitalization changed the industrial sector; Industrial Control Systems (ICS) become more interconnected and the boundaries between classic IT systems and ICS become less clear. This leads to the fact that ICS that originally were not designed to be secure against cyber-attacks become vulnerable. One of the main problem within the cyber security domain of ICS is the lack of regulation. Manufactures do not have obligations to make their devices secure. Currently there exist a number of different best practice documents in the domain, but presented requirements overlap or sometimes even contradict each other, which complicates their efficient application. To address this problem we created Standardized Security Assessment Framework for ICS Devices, which could be used by industrial companies, certification laboratories and IT integrators or manufacturers of ICS devices to assess and eventually strengthen the cyber security level of ICS devices. The created framework is based on 5 different documents related to ICS cyber security that were chosen as the most relevant ones. The final version of the Framework contains 117 requirements. Additionally, for every requirement from the Framework we created excessive guidance with description of methods and tools needed to perform the assessing process.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science MSc (60300)
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