What is SCADA and What Types of Businesses Utilize It?
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) is a system of software and hardware that allows industrial businesses and organizations to control processes on-site or remotely. SCADA also allows companies to monitor, gather, and process real-time data about industrial processes, equipment, and efficiencies while recording events into a log file. Finally, SCADA allows for human-machine interface (HMI) software permitting people to interact directly with devices such as valves, pumps, sensors, and more.
There are federal recommendations for industries utilizing SCADA to protect critical infrastructure such as dams, electrical power grids, and water distribution systems. These recommendations come from the National Institue of Standards and Technology (NIST) and impact organizations such as power plants, utility companies, etc. See NIST SP 800-82 Rev 2 for more information on the recommendations.
What Does Your Business Need to Do if it Utilizes SCADA?
Organizations that use SCADA systems are required to:
Complete a thorough security vulnerability assessment (cyber, physical, and operational) of policies, procedures, and of all assets with a focus on industry-specific standards and best practices.
Employ policies, procedures, and safeguards for security management while mitigating and remediating security vulnerabilities.
Train employees regarding regulatory requirements, industry standards, company policies, and procedures for security.
Develop an incident reporting and response plan.
Write and institute a recovery plan for critical cyber assets.
A best practice for ensuring the security of your organization’s SCADA system is to conduct an extensive annual audit of all cyber, physical, and operational assets of your business. To learn more about best practices and recommendations for improved SCADA security, visit the ICS-CERT page at the Department of Homeland Security online.
Dox is Your Guide for SCADA Cyber Security Best Practices
When it comes to best practices for SCADA cybersecurity, you need an experienced partner who can answer all of your questions. Dox will lead your business through the recommended security assessments from pen testing and annual audits, ensuring your business meets all of the federal recommendations for SCADA security. Should we discover any issues with your organization's security that could threaten its continuity, we provide security solutions for every issue we discover. With Dox, you can feel confident that your business and the critical infrastructure it provides will be SCADA secure.
The Clock is Ticking
If your business has questions or needs help with SCADA security, contact Dox. We are happy to schedule a security assessment or independent third-party audit of your business to meet SCADA best practices. We will reach out to you as soon as possible.