November 2012, Vol. 239 No. 11

Features

Defense In Depth Enables Protection Of Critical Pipeline Assets

Industrial Control Systems (ICS) – such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems – manage and monitor critical storage, refining and distribution operations at many energy pipeline companies. These systems collect data from points throughout the operation and communicate control commands to equipment located both locally and remotely. These systems have typically run behind the scenes, but have more recently become front and center as information about real and potential cyberattacks have appeared in the media. Hostile governments, competitors, terrorist groups, disgruntled employees and other malicious intruders know these systems offer a trove of

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