Students will address basic security concepts as they apply to critical infrastructure systems. Concepts addressed in the course will include Industrial Control Systems (ICS) such as Supervisory and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Process Control Systems (PCS), and Distributed Control Systems (DCS), national standards for the protection of critical infrastructure, and risk management concepts and tools for critical infrastructure systems. Students will perform a risk assessment of a specific critical infrastructure sector, using an appropriate risk assessment framework and tools, identifying threats and vulnerabilities specific to the sector, and making appropriate recommendations for mitigating risk.
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CyberWatch West is funded by a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Grant and is located at Whatcom Community College, 237 West Kellogg Road, Bellingham, WA.