This course will empower students to understand their networked industrial control system environment, monitor it for threats, perform incident response against identified threats, and learn from interactions with the adversary to enhance network security. This process of monitoring, responding to, and learning from threats internal to the network is known as active defense. An active defense is the approach needed to counter advanced adversaries targeting ICS, as has been seen with malware such as Stuxnet, Havex, and BlackEnergy2. Students can expect to come out of this course with the ability to deconstruct targeted ICS attacks and fight these adversaries and others. The course uses a hands-on approach and real-world malware to break down cyber attacks on ICS from start to finish. Students will gain a practical and technical understanding of leveraging active defense concepts such as using threat intelligence, performing network security monitoring, and utilizing malware analysis and incident response to ensure the safety and reliability of operations. The strategy and technical skills presented in this course serve as a basis for ICS organizations looking to show that defense is do-able.

Learning Outcome

You will learn:
  • How to perform ICS incident response focusing on security operations and prioritizing the safety and reliability of operations
  • How ICS threat intelligence is generated and how to use what is available in the community to support ICS environments. The analysis skills you learn will enable you to critically analyze and apply information from ICS threat intelligence reports on a regular basis
  • How to identify ICS assets and their network topologies and how to monitor ICS hotspots for abnormalities and threats. Methodologies such as ICS network security monitoring and approaches to reducing the control system threat landscape will be introduced and reinforced
  • How to analyze ICS malware and extract the most important information needed to quickly scope the environment and understand the nature of the threat
  • How to operate through an attack and gain the information necessary to instruct teams and decision-makers on when operations must shut down, or if it is safe to respond to the threat and continue operations
  • How to use multiple security disciplines in conjunction with each other to leverage an active defense and safeguard the ICS, all reinforced with hands-on labs and technical concepts

Who should Attend?

  • ICS Incident Response Team Leads and Members who want to learn how to respond to advanced threats safely in the ICS with a focus on combined and continued security
  • ICS and Operations Technology Security Personnel who want to learn how to leverage an ICS active defense to include network security monitoring and threat intelligence
  • IT Security Professionals who want to expand their knowledge into the ICS field with an understanding of ICS protocols, threats, and priorities
  • Security Operations Center (SOC) Team Leads and Analysts who want to learn how to monitor OT networks and ICS assets in an ICS SOC or dual IT/OT SOC
  • ICS Red Team and Penetration Testers who want to learn the latest in defense tactics to identify how they can better perform, and how they can better highlight areas for improvement in ICS networks
  • Active Defenders who want to challenge themselves to identify and respond to advanced targeted threats

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students from either an IT or ICS background will do well in this course
This course is endorsed under Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme Plus (CITREP+) Programme.
To find out more about CITREP+ Funding, please refer to Programme Support under CITREP+ page

Information is accurate as of 6 August 2019