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ICS Component Security Testing - Field Devices

  • Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT (17:00:00 UTC)
  • Justin Searle

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When considering the security of control systems, most emphasis is rightly placed on the controlling servers. Access to those master servers means defeat of the whole control system. Traditionally emphasis has been placed on master server cyber security and physical security controls protecting the field devices and communication lines, however with many control systems leveraging communications protocols with little to no security controls between the master server and the endpoint field devices, further protective measures are needed. To address this security concern in the control systems making up the world's critical infrastructures, additional security controls are being added to these protocols and field devices. Join us for this webcast where we discuss and demonstrate different testing techniques we can use to test the effectiveness of those new security controls being added to the protocols and field devices.

Speaker Bio

Justin Searle

Justin Searle is a Managing Partner of UtiliSec, specializing in Smart Grid security architecture design and penetration testing. Justin led the Smart Grid Security Architecture group in the creation of NIST Interagency Report 7628 and played key roles in the Advanced Security Acceleration Project for the Smart Grid (ASAP-SG). He currently leads the testing group at the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Resources (NESCOR). Justin has taught courses in hacking techniques, forensics, networking, and intrusion detection for multiple universities, corporations, and security conferences. Mr. Searle is currently a Senior instructor for the SANS Institute. In addition to electric power industry conferences, Justin frequently presents at top international security conferences such as Black Hat, DEFCON, OWASP, Nullcon, and AusCERT. Justin co-leads prominent open source projects including the Samurai Web Testing Framework (SamuraiWTF), the Samurai Security Testing Framework for Utilities (SamuraiSTFU), Middler, Yokoso!, and Laudanum. Justin has an MBA in International Technology and is a CISSP and SANS GIAC certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), and Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT).

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