Information Security TVA Needs to Enhance Security of Critical Infrastructure Control Systems and Networks

Information Security  TVA Needs to Enhance Security of Critical Infrastructure Control Systems and Networks

Of particular importance is the security of information and systems supporting critical infrastructures—physical or virtual systems and assets so vital to the nation that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating ...

Author: Gregory C. Wilshusen

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9781437905946


Page: 11

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The control systems that regulate the nation¿s critical infrastructures face risks of cyber threats, system vulnerabilities, and potential attacks. Securing these systems is therefore vital to ensuring national security, economic well-being, and public health and safety. While most critical infrastructures are privately owned, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a fed. corp. and the nation¿s largest public power company, provides power and other services to a large swath of the American Southeast. This testimony discusses the security controls in place over TVA¿s critical infrastructure control system. The author examined the security practices in place at TVA facilities, and analyzed the agency¿s information security policies, plans, and procedures.

Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection 2nd Edition

Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection  2nd Edition

With that in mind, this book discusses strategies such as risk analysis and assessment, information sharing, and continuity planning.

Author: Ryan K. Baggett

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: 1440853959

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 414

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A compelling overview of the systems and strategies that have been implemented to safeguard U.S. resources from a plethora of threats, the vulnerabilities and security gaps in these infrastructure systems, and options to enable the future security of the homeland. * Provides a timely, relevant work that is crucial to understanding the current state of U.S. critical infrastructure security and resilience (CISR) * Offers a comprehensive examination of foundations and contemporary issues within CISR, using various real-world incidents as focusing events * Analyzes the 16 critical infrastructure sectors for purposes of comparison, analysis, and discussion * Investigates various threats and hazards--manmade, natural, and technological--that specifically affect CISR * Summarizes updated federal legislation and doctrine in a clear and concise manner * Overviews academic, training, and career preparedness resources for those interested in the field * Includes learning objectives, key terms, and discussion questions in each chapter to facilitate the book's use in an academic environment
Categories: Business & Economics

Cyber Security in Critical Infrastructures

Cyber Security in Critical Infrastructures

This book presents a compendium of selected game- and decision-theoretic models to achieve and assess the security of critical infrastructures.

Author: Stefan Rass

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3030469107

Category: Computers

Page: 297

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This book presents a compendium of selected game- and decision-theoretic models to achieve and assess the security of critical infrastructures. Given contemporary reports on security incidents of various kinds, we can see a paradigm shift to attacks of an increasingly heterogeneous nature, combining different techniques into what we know as an advanced persistent threat. Security precautions must match these diverse threat patterns in an equally diverse manner; in response, this book provides a wealth of techniques for protection and mitigation. Much traditional security research has a narrow focus on specific attack scenarios or applications, and strives to make an attack “practically impossible.” A more recent approach to security views it as a scenario in which the cost of an attack exceeds the potential reward. This does not rule out the possibility of an attack but minimizes its likelihood to the least possible risk. The book follows this economic definition of security, offering a management scientific view that seeks a balance between security investments and their resulting benefits. It focuses on optimization of resources in light of threats such as terrorism and advanced persistent threats. Drawing on the authors’ experience and inspired by real case studies, the book provides a systematic approach to critical infrastructure security and resilience. Presenting a mixture of theoretical work and practical success stories, the book is chiefly intended for students and practitioners seeking an introduction to game- and decision-theoretic techniques for security. The required mathematical concepts are self-contained, rigorously introduced, and illustrated by case studies. The book also provides software tools that help guide readers in the practical use of the scientific models and computational frameworks.
Categories: Computers

Networks Security and Complexity

Networks  Security and Complexity

This work emphasizes space and place in understanding interconnectivity of physical infrastructure, integrating policy and geography as well as providing an important complement to engineering approaches to interconnected infrastructure.

Author: S. P. Gorman

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1781956502

Category: Political Science

Page: 153

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The world is growing more interconnected every day, spun with fiber optic cable, electric power lines, transportation and water networks. Gorman provides a detailed analysis of the pattern of telecommunications networks and their interrelationships with other infrastructure. The work is truly interdisciplinary in scope, and provides planners, policy makers, security analysts, and infrastructure managers and educators in all of these fields with an invaluable resource in terms of a rich database, a methodology, and process for assembling, analyzing and portraying information on key infrastructure assets. This work emphasizes space and place in understanding interconnectivity of physical infrastructure, integrating policy and geography as well as providing an important complement to engineering approaches to interconnected infrastructure. He presents the readers with a broad set of questions and how they can be addressed about threats, risk and vulnerability and policy options for their reduction. This is a rare book of its kind, and joins a growing literature on how complexity is a key factor in understanding and setting policies for the services upon which our society depends. Rae Zimmerman, New York University, US The concepts of Critical Infrastructure Protection are radically redefining the relationship between the public and private sectors in terms of both our national and economic security. Networks, Security and Complexity is a worthy contribution in defining and advancing many of these concepts. The author is among the vanguard of rising young scholars who will assist this nation in thinking through the significant security challenges faced in the age of information and asymmetric threat. John A. McCarthy, George Mason University School of Law, US This volume on complex networks opens surprising perspectives for the interested reader, either a scientist or a policymaker. It describes and analyzes in a convincing way the significance of critical infrastructures, be it internet or transport connections. Due insight into the existence and emergence of such infrastructures is a prerequisite for an effective security policy. This study presents a model-based, operational framework for identifying critical domains in dynamic networks. The various concepts are illustrated by means of empirical case examples. Peter Nijkamp, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands The end of the 20th century witnessed an information revolution that introduced a host of new economic efficiencies. This economic change was underpinned by rapidly growing networks of infrastructure that have become increasingly complex. In this new era of global security we are now forced to ask whether our private efficiencies have led to public vulnerabilities, and if so, how do we make ourselves secure without hampering the economy. In order to answer these questions, Sean Gorman provides a framework for how vulnerabilities are identified and cost-effectively mitigated, as well as how resiliency and continuity of infrastructures can be increased. Networks, Security and Complexity goes on to address specific concerns such as determining criticality and interdependency, the most effective means of allocating scarce resources for defense, and whether diversity is a viable strategy. The author provides the economic, policy, and physics background to the issues of infrastructure security, along with tools for taking first steps in tackling these security dilemmas. He includes case studies of infrastructure failures and vulnerabilities, an analysis of threats to US infrastructure, and a review of the economics and geography of agglomeration and efficiency. This critical and controversial book will garner much attention and spark an important dialogue. Policymakers, security professionals, infrastructure operators, academics, and readers following homeland security issues will find this volume of great interest.
Categories: Political Science

Critical Infrastructures

Critical Infrastructures

This proposed language did not provide additional specificity , and was criticized by the FOIA requester community as “ cast [ ing ] a shroud of secrecy over one of the Department of Homeland Security's critical functions , critical ...

Author: Mathew T. Cogwell

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 1590333284

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 143

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This book provides a general overview of the concerns and efforts of the federal government in assuring the reliable function of the nation's critical infrastructures. It also discusses administrative issues, issues associated with sharing information between government agencies and between the federal government and the private sector.
Categories: Business & Economics

Critical Infrastructure Protection Research

Critical Infrastructure Protection Research

This book presents recent research in the recognition of vulnerabilities of national systems and assets which gained special attention for the Critical Infrastructures in the last two decades.

Author: László Nádai

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319280912

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 184

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This book presents recent research in the recognition of vulnerabilities of national systems and assets which gained special attention for the Critical Infrastructures in the last two decades. The book concentrates on R&D activities in the relation of Critical Infrastructures focusing on enhancing the performance of services as well as the level of security. The objectives of the book are based on a project entitled "Critical Infrastructure Protection Researches" (TÁMOP-4.2.1.B-11/2/KMR-2011-0001) which concentrated on innovative UAV solutions, robotics, cybersecurity, surface engineering, and mechatornics and technologies providing safe operations of essential assets. This report is summarizing the methodologies and efforts taken to fulfill the goals defined. The project has been performed by the consortium of the Óbuda University and the National University of Public Service.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Critical Infrastructures at Risk

Critical Infrastructures at Risk

Summary of recommended actions: Design of a system of incentives for the adoption of infrastructure security measures, coordinated at the national and European levels, in the arrangement of Critical Infrastructure Protection policies.

Author: A.V. Gheorghe

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402043642

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 367

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Europe witnessed in the last years a number of significant power contingencies. Some of them revealed the potentiality of vast impact on the welfare of society and triggered pressing questions on the reliability of electric power systems. Society has incorporated electricity as an inherent component, indispensable for achieving the expected level of quality of life. Therefore, any impingement on the continuity of the electricity service would be able to distress society as a whole, affecting individuals, social and economic activities, other infrastructures and essential government functions. It would be possible to hypothesize that in extreme situations this could even upset national security. This book explores the potential risks and vulnerabilities of the European electricity infrastructure, other infrastructures and our society as whole increasingly depend on. The work was initiated by the need to verify the potential effects of the ongoing market and technical transformation of the infrastructure, which is fundamentally changing its operation and performance. The final aim is to set the basis for an appropriate industrial and political European-wide response to the risk challenges.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Handbook on Securing Cyber physical Critical Infrastructure

Handbook on Securing Cyber physical Critical Infrastructure

The security of critical infrastructure is a significant priority for many countries, and I believe that this handbook can make an important contribution to research and education on this subject by organizing a well—selected collection ...

Author: Sajal K. Das

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780124158153

Category: Computers

Page: 817

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The worldwide reach of the Internet allows malicious cyber criminals to coordinate and launch attacks on both cyber and cyber-physical infrastructure from anywhere in the world. This purpose of this handbook is to introduce the theoretical foundations and practical solution techniques for securing critical cyber and physical infrastructures as well as their underlying computing and communication architectures and systems. Examples of such infrastructures include utility networks (e.g., electrical power grids), ground transportation systems (automotives, roads, bridges and tunnels), airports and air traffic control systems, wired and wireless communication and sensor networks, systems for storing and distributing water and food supplies, medical and healthcare delivery systems, as well as financial, banking and commercial transaction assets. The handbook focus mostly on the scientific foundations and engineering techniques - while also addressing the proper integration of policies and access control mechanisms, for example, how human-developed policies can be properly enforced by an automated system. Addresses the technical challenges facing design of secure infrastructures by providing examples of problems and solutions from a wide variety of internal and external attack scenarios Includes contributions from leading researchers and practitioners in relevant application areas such as smart power grid, intelligent transportation systems, healthcare industry and so on Loaded with examples of real world problems and pathways to solutions utilizing specific tools and techniques described in detail throughout
Categories: Computers