- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (April 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597499986
- ISBN-13: 978-1597499989
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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"…it’s a thorough overview of both the problem of smart grid security and what you need to do to address it. And it’s not presented in some abstracted, high-level policy fashion – after reading this book, you will have a proper understanding of the work that needs to be done."--Network Security Newsletter, October 2013 "Computer security professionals Knapp and Samani warn that the smart electrical grid now being planned and designed will be vulnerable to attack."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013 "…looking for a detailed and technical introduction to smart grid security and a synopsis of the security and privacy issues, Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid: Implementing Security Controls into the Modern Power Infrastructure is a great place to start."--RSAConference.com, April 8, 2013
About the Author
Eric D. Knapp is a globally recognized expert in industrial control systems cyber security, and continues to drive the adoption of new security technology in order to promote safer and more reliable automation infrastructures. He firsst specialized in industrial control cyber security while at Nitrosecurity, where he focused on the collection and correlation of SCADA and ICS data for the detection of advanced threats against these environments. He was later responsible for the development and implementation of end-to-end ICS cyber security solutions for McAfee, Inc. in his role as Global Director for Critical Infrastructure Markets. He is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Wurldtech Security Technologies, where he continues to promote the advancement of embedded security technology in order to better protect SCADA, ICS and other connected, real-time devices.
He is a long-time advocate of improved industrial control system cyber security and participates in many Critical Infrastructure industry groups, where he brings a wealth of technology expertise. He has over 20 years of experience in Infromation Technology, specializing in industrial automation technologies, infrastructure security, and applied Ethernet protocols as well as the design and implementation of Intrusion Prevention Systems and Security Information and Event Management systems in both enterprise and industrial networks. In addition to his work in information security, he is an award-winning author of cition. He studied at the University of New Hampshire and the University of London.
He can be found on Twitter @ericdknapp
Raj Samani is an active member of the Information Security industry, through involvement with numerous initiatives to improve the awareness and application of security in business and society. He is currently working as the VP, Chief Technical Officer for McAfee EMEA, having previously worked as the Chief Information Security Officer for a large public sector organisation in the UK and was recently inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame (2012).
He previously worked across numerous public sector organisations, in many cyber security and research orientated working groups across Europe. Examples include the midata Interoperability Board, as well as representing DIGITALEUROPE on the Smart Grids Reference Group established by the European Commission in support of the Smart Grid Mandate.
In addition, Raj is currently the Cloud Security Alliance’s Strategic Advisor for EMEA having previously served as the Vice President for Communications in the ISSA UK Chapter where he presided over the award of Chapter Communications Programme of the Year 2008 and 2009, having previously established the UK mentoring programme. He is also on the advisory council for the Infosecurity Europe show, Infosecurity Magazine, and expert on both searchsecurity.co.uk, and Infosec portal, and regular columnist on Computer Weekly. He has had numerous security papers published, and appeared on television (ITV and More4) commenting on computer security issues. He has also provided assistance in the 2006 RSA Wireless Security Survey and part of the consultation committee for the RIPA Bill (Part 3).
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With that, the smart grid in its full-form is imminent and it is anybody's guess on how secure it ultimately will be. In Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid: Implementing Security Controls into the Modern Power Infrastructure, authors Eric Knapp and Raj Samani provide and excellent overview on what the smart grid is and how it can be secured. The book offers many glimmers of hope from a security and privacy perspective. The hope can shine if the security controls are correctively and effectively implemented.
Knapp is a veteran SCADA and smart grid security guru. His previous book Industrial Network Security: Securing Critical Infrastructure Networks for Smart Grid, SCADA, and Other Industrial Control Systems, which I reviewed here, is an equally valuable resource.
The book provides an introduction to the smart grid, details its architecture, and then enumerates the security and privacy issues around it. There are numerous security models for SCADA and the smart grid which the book enumerates.
For those looking for a detailed and technical introduction to smart grid security and a synopsis of the security and privacy issues, Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid: Implementing Security Controls into the Modern Power Infrastructure is a great place to start.
Divided into 8 chapters, this book doesn't just focus on the security implications for the smart grid, but also details the environmental and economical factors involved. Case studies help explain security vulnerabilities and associated threats, and these connections are illustrated in figures and reference diagrams throughout the book. Furthermore, details on exploitation of these vulnerabilities are provided, as are examples of how cyber attacks on the power infrastructure can affect society. This offers the reader a well rounded understanding of why security controls needs to be implemented into the modern power infrastructure.
Also, in order to make the reader understand how these vulnerabilities can affect them, the authors detail the privacy concerns related to the smart meter. The information the power industry possess on a home user could be used in a malicious way. The smart grid vulnerability conundrum is bigger than that, but the authors assert that the problem can be fixed with tailored security mechanisms, and that's comforting to the reader.
The most notable point, in my opinion, is the interconnectedness of the smart grid. This is particularly concerning as you can draw a line from a customer's energy management system (EMS) in their home, all the way to the bulk energy control system and G-SCADA system in the smart grid. This large-scale distribution of systems makes it challenging to effectively segment these systems resulting in an architecture that makes it relatively easy for an attack to move between systems. For the reader unfamiliar with the area, an overview is provided on what the smart grid is; the components present, and the key security and privacy vulnerabilities associated. Also, there is a detailed glossary for those new to some of the industry terms, and this is quite helpful.
For those familiar with the topic, you can use the index and go to areas of interest. Detailed examples of how the security vulnerabilities in the smart grid can have major impact on society, with balanced threat analysis and protection mechanisms, is present, but at no time does it seem like we are being bombarded with information. It explains how you, the reader, could be affected by data breaches and malicious threats. While giving the reader insight into the weaknesses within the energy infrastructure, and providing them with tools for protection, they are also given a list of sources for further reading.
The accessibility of the book is what compels me to highly recommend it. Written in a friendly, informal manner, the authors invite the reader to gain an insight of the area. There is also an invitation to discuss the topic, to question and address any concerns with them through social media. Not many authors openly give permission for the reader to critique their work, and I think it is this approachable style that made this book even more enjoyable.
The experience of the authors in the cyber security and smart grid field is evident throughout the book. Eric D. Knapp brings a wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience of industrial control cyber security. His current role promoting the advancement of embedded security technology for the protection of SCADA and industrial control systems clearly brings substance to their future work claims. Raj Samani is currently working as the VP, Chief Technical Officer for McAfee, with previous experience in cyber security and research orientated working groups. Joel Langill, the technical editor of the book is referenced quite often throughout, as is his website [...] Joel's proven experience with integrated industrial control system architecture and design, functional safety, and operational security skills make him the perfect editor, to compliment the knowledge of the authors.
The authors, in their approach, have made a book that can be enjoyed by both the reader with a technical understanding of the area, and by the reader who isn't totally au fait with it, or why we should be worried about the associated vulnerabilities. All in all, I would wholly recommend this book as it is an exciting topic that is often overlooked or deemed exaggerated and irrelevant.
One will find a good introduction to smart grid and SCADA systems, some examples of real security problems and also an overview of the vulnerabilities of the systems, from generation to transmission/distribution.
A good reference book for those ones willing to prepare a strategy for smart grid cybersecurity, so i recommand this book.
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