Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructure

Cyber threats against public utilities and other critical infrastructure are now just as common as attacks on governmental and corporate computing environments. Instead of simply losing sensitive data, malicious attacks against power generation and distribution systems, water treatment plants, and transportation facilities can disrupt commerce and daily life across a wide area. There is a pressing need for operators to determine how resilient their communications fabric is to cyber attacks and to develop plans to mitigate the associated risks. SCALABLE’s high fidelity network emulation is used to simulate and predict the behavior of networked environments based on various operational scenarios, including cyber attacks. The emulation runs in real-time and models connections, computers, protocols, firewalls and other defenses.

We have formed a strategic partnership with OPAL-RT focused on cyber vulnerabilities. SCALABLE’s EXata network simulator integrates with OPAL-RT power simulators for critical infrastructure in order to more effectively identify and visualize the impact of cyber attacks on monitoring and control systems. We are working together and have integrated SCADA protocols to help create best practices to increase systems availability and lower operational risks. The companies’ integrated tools enable replicating specific environments in a lab and quickly evaluating “what if” scenarios to determine what happens to physical systems if they are subjected to cyber attacks.

SCALABLE also partnered with Parsons to focus on providing innovative cyber security services to critical infrastructure customers. SCALABLE showcased our network modeling and cyber-attack simulation technology and expertise in the Parsons' Cyber Innovation Center (CIC).  The companies constructed an array of demonstration and evaluation scenarios in the CIC laboratory which integrate live operations control equipment and IT systems with realistic virtual network models to represent actual critical infrastructure environments at full scale. Prospective customers are able to experience first-hand how different types of cyber events can impact operational capabilities and learn how Parsons’ security services would help minimize potential risks and maximize system resiliency.

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POWER DISTRIBUTION GRID CONTROL NETWORK UNDER CYBER ATTACK