Protecting Chiller Systems from Cyberattack using a Systems Thinking Approach

DescriptionRecent world events and geopolitics have brought the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to cyberattacks to the forefront. While there has been considerable attention to attacks on Information Technology (IT) systems, the vulnerabilities and dangers posed by industrial control systems (ICS) have received significantly less attention. In this paper, we present a holistic, integrated safety and security analysis, we call Cybersafety, for one such industrial system – an industrial chiller plant – as an example. In this analysis, we identify vulnerabilities emerging from interactions between technology, operator actions as well as organizational structure, and provide recommendations to mitigate resulting loss scenarios in a systematic manner.
AuthorsShaharyar Khan, Stuart Madnick
Date PublishedNov 2, 2022
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