Critical Infrastructure and Industrial Control Systems

To support the preparation of participants in the Industrial Control Systems Security Course, the Centre provides an online web-based course on critical infrastructure and industrial control systems. This course is open to all individuals from NATO CCDCOE Sponsoring Nations, Contributing Participants as well as NATO bodies. The course can be accessed through the NATO e-Learning Joint Advanced Distributed Learning Portal.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the meaning of critical infrastructure and give examples of critical infrastructure sectors
  • Define an industrial control system
  • Describe the differences between SCADA and DCS
  • Describe the functionality of PLC
  • List the programming languages allowed to use in PLC
  • List the most common methods of attack against an ICS

Target Audience

The TA of this module is the same TA, as the targeted TA of the Industrial Control Systems Security Course.

Outline

  • Critical infrastructure and industrial control systems
  • Meaning of critical infrastructure in the United States and the European Union
  • Three types of industrial control systems (ICSs) that critical infrastructure operators use
  • The supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)
  • The distributed control system (DCS) and the programmable logic controller (PLC)
  • The most widespread methods of attack against an ICS

 Prerequisites

The requirements of the Industrial Control Systems Security Course apply.

Registration

The course can be accessed through the NATO e-Learning Joint Advanced Distributed Learning portal and is available to all users of the portal. Once registered, users may access the course by navigating to the ‘Centres of Excellence’ -> ‘COE Cyber Defence’ -> ‘Critical Infrastructure and Industrial Control Systems’ course listing.