WaterISAC Offers Communications, IT, and SCADA Security Webinars

The WaterISAC is offering a no cost, two-part webinar series for Pro subscribers to help utility managers and technical staff overcome key challenges in improving utility information and communications security, including SCADA and IT assets. The webinars will be presented by Westin Engineering, a recognized information security leader in the water and wastewater community.

The first session, on Wednesday March 30th, 2011 from 2-3 PM Eastern Time, will focus on helping management gain an understanding of the critical cyber security issues affecting utilities, as well as the management and operational controls for security issue mitigation and improvement. Discussion points will include:

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Defense-in-Depth guidelines
  • Common issues, big surprises, and lessons learned from vulnerability assessments and remediation
  • Policy implications for establishing an improved control environment to provide a secure IT architecture
  • Planning, budgeting, and staffing to support a cyber security plan

The second session, on Wednesday April 6th, 2011 at 2-3 PM Eastern Time, will be geared towards helping security analysts, network administrators, engineers, and SCADA support personnel understand their own networks and systems in the context of DHS recommendations, best practices, vulnerability assessments, and the security remediation process. Issues to be covered include:

  • Establishing technical controls necessary to provide a secure IT architecture (SCADA and Administrative Infrastructure) – using good security practices to enable safe data transfer between networks
  • Overcoming technical challenges in implementing security improvements
  • Remote access, patch management, multi-factor authentication, and intrusion detection systems

These two webinar sessions are free and open to all WaterISAC Pro subscribers. Click here to register – please be sure to select the correct session.  For more information about WaterISAC Pro and/or to subscribe to the service, please go to:  www.waterisac.org.



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