What we're about

Welcome! This meetup dedicated to all professionals involved in Cyber Security for Automated Processes and Control Systems including security for Operating Technology (OT), Industrial Control Systems (ICS), SCADA Systems, Transportation Systems, Building Control Systems (BCS), and even emerging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems. Our purpose is to connect the professionals in the Greater Dallas area with real interest in or responsibility for the cyber security of these systems.

Once we have enough critical mass of interest in Dallas, we will gather for purposes of education, information exchange, and discovery of new opportunities and, yes, perhaps a few happy hours! If you are interested in serving on a committee to help shape this meetup experience, please contact the organizers directly.

Upcoming events (1)

(CS)²AI Online™ Seminar: Top 20 Secure PLC Coding Practices, with Vivek Ponnada

Network event

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Industrial Control Systems (ICS also referred to as OT or Operational Technology, consisting of SCADA, PLC, DCS etc.) have historically been insecure by design. Several years into customizing and applying best practices from IT gave rise to secure protocols, use of encryption, network segmentation & isolation etc. However, to date, there has not been a focus on using the characteristic features in the PLCs and DCS for security, or how to code/program PLCs with security in mind. This project – inspired by existing Secure Coding Practices for IT – fills that gap. The aim of this project is to provide guidelines to engineers that are creating software (ladder logic, functional charts etc.) to help improve the security posture of Industrial Control Systems, by leveraging the natively available functionality in the PLC/DCS/SCADA. Little or no additional software tools or hardware is needed to implement these practices. They can all be fit into the normal PLC programming and operating workflow. More than security expertise, good knowledge of the PLCs to be protected, their logic, and the underlying process, is needed for implementing these practices.

Using these practices always has security benefits – mostly either reducing the attack surface or enabling faster troubleshooting if a security incident were to happen. But many practices have more benefits than “only” security. Some also make PLC code more reliable, easier to debug and maintain, easier to communicate, and potentially also leaner. Also, the secure PLC coding practices not only help users in the event of a malicious attack but also make PLC code more robust to withstand accidental misconfiguration or human error.

Our speaker is Vivek Ponnada, Director of Regional Sales for Nozomi Networks in Western Canada: https://www.linkedin.com/in/1ot/

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Certificates for Professional Development/Continuing Education Units (PDUs/CEUs) are available for all registered individuals who attend at least one hour of the event.
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