Critical Infrastructure Security and Industrial Control Systems

20 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2010 Last revised: 23 Oct 2010

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Lorene Theodora

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Date Written: September 17, 2010


This paper focuses on threats to critical infrastructure-both physical threats and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) security weaknesses. Current threats to critical infrastructure include disgruntled employees, hackers, militia and terrorist. Specifically, this paper focuses upon terrorist threats with the main focus being al Qaeda and Taliban threats. Since 9/11 many plots have been deterred by these two groups or followers of these groups. In a vast majority of these plots, information found on confiscated computers have shown these groups as having a growing interest in critical infrastructure and Industrial Control Systems (ICS). This paper is geared towards individuals who have a general understanding of infrastructure operations and terrorist threats.

Keywords: critical, infrastrucutre, threats, SCADA, control, data, acquisition, terrorist, threats

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Theodora, Lorene, Critical Infrastructure Security and Industrial Control Systems (September 17, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

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