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Security implications of portable HMIs and SCADA for water and wastewater systems

Asset management Resource, Insights and Resources

by Marc A. Therrien, R.V. Anderson Associates Limited

ABSTRACT

It is expected that the use of portability in SCADA and HMI will explode to the point that it will be common to see operations and maintenance staff walking the plant floor as they visually inspect sub-processes. Once this technology is regularly adopted, it is expected that specialized processes and detection systems will be required for all control systems used for sensitive municipal infrastructure. Protection and management of control systems will become a critical component of facility risk assessments when it comes to public safety.

Published in the March 2013 issue of Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine.

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