Digital village launched to eradicate cyberattacks


In response to rife cyber attacks, industry leaders have come together to launch a non-profit ICS village to raise awareness of industrial control system security issues and provide hands-on training.

Cybersecurity industry leaders Bryson Bort, CEO of SCYTHE and Chairman of GRIMM, Beau Woods, cyber safety innovation fellow at The Atlantic Council, Larry Vandenaweele, Cyber security manager at PwC Australia, and Thomas VanNorman, director of application engineering at Veracity Industrial Networks, have launched the Industrial Control System (ICS) Village.

The ICS Village is a traveling interactive experience that showcases ICS technologies and highlights the security controls that enable them to power the secure operations of chemical processing plants, pulp and paper manufacturing facilities, power generation systems, oil and gas processing, telecommunications networks and other elements of critical infrastructure.

The ICS Village is developing a digital platform that will aid in the effort to combat major, realistic threats to ICS, such as power grid hacks.

“Our goal and focus is to build a stronger awareness of ICS security issues that impact the infrastructure that we rely on daily. Researchers don’t have regular access to this type of technology and we want to provide the community with a jump start to tackle the growing issue of ICS cybersecurity,” said Bort.

“It’s about education. We’re bringing more opportunities to gain hands-on experience on how these systems work in real environments and building out a platform that’s accessible to the security research community and beyond.”

The ICS Village delivers a realistic environment where researchers can learn to assess, enhance and defend industrial environments using real components such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), Remote Telemetry Units (RTU), actuators and miniature robotic arms to simulate a realistic environment by using components commonly found throughout different industrial sectors.

Offering a customised, simulated, real-world environment for security researchers to interact with ICS devices and systems, the ICS Village will kick off a national tour of cybersecurity conferences starting with the 2018 RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, California on April 16-20, 2018.