Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ernst & Young: Attacking the smart grid

Penetration testing techniques for industrial control systems and advanced metering infrastructure

The industrial control systems that provide automation for critical infrastructure have recently come under increased scrutiny, and the need to protect current infrastructure as well as integrate security into new system design is now a top priority. Penetration testing has become the latest trend in the ICS space; however, the cultural and technological differences between control systems and traditional IT systems have caused confusion around how to perform a penetration test safely and effectively. 

In this briefing, we will discuss the changing landscape in control system architecture, with special attention paid to smart grid infrastructure, and highlight the implications for security. A description of the lifecycle of a penetration test is followed by a breakdown of a typical ICS infrastructure. Specific penetration testing activities are explained for each component to provide insight for control system engineers and management into how penetration testing can benefit their organization.

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