Technical Workshop

811 - Cybersecurity Essentials for Water Engineers and Scientists

Sunday, June 3
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Lakeshore A

Cybersecurity is one of the greatest challenges that is facing critical infrastructure systems. The ongoing merging of cyberspace with physical water assets together with a rise in sophistication of adversary motives, capabilities, and resources has resulted in a heightened sense of urgency for water cybersecurity.

This workshop will first provide an overview of the reported cybersecurity incidents in water and comparable industrial sectors, their characteristics, and lessons learned from them. It will then explain cybersecurity technology and terminology and covers the essentials of cybersecurity for industrial control systems including intrusion mechanisms, penetration testing, and attack detection pertaining to confidentiality, integrity, and availability aspects. The use of simulation models such as hydraulic models for simulating attacks and evaluating defense mechanisms will be reviewed. The interactive workshop will conclude with an overview of frontiers in water and industrial control cybersecurity as well as a conversation on the research and development opportunities for water resources industry and academia.

No prior knowledge of cybersecurity is required to attend this workshop. This workshop is developed and presented by the EWRI Task Committee on Cybersecurity of Water Distribution Systems.

Amin Rasekh, PhD

Senior R&D Engineer
Xylem

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