Industrial Control Systems Security Events
Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are the automated systems used to deliver essential services to Canadians. ICS are responsible for everything from the electrical current that powers our computers, to the water that flows through our buildings, to the traffic lights that manage our daily commute. Public Safety Canada delivers ICS Security events aimed at strengthening the resilience of these critical systems.
ICS Security Symposiums
Public Safety Canada (PS) is pleased to announce the next event in the 2023 Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security Symposium series. Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, the ICS Security Symposium has consisted of a series of virtual mini-conferences in order to deliver the content in safe and practical segments. In 2023, PS is taking a hybrid approach with plans to deliver three virtual events, and to round out the year with an in-person conference in the fall.
Upcoming 2023 ICS Security Symposium Series Events:
- Technical ICS Security Symposium: April 27, 2023 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m EDT)
- June 7, 2023 (1:00-5:00 p.m. EDT)
- Call for abstracts now open
- Registration – to follow in Spring 2023
Understanding ICS Session
PS also periodically hosts a focused information session, including presentations and facilitated discussions, for those unfamiliar with the complexities of ICS security. The objective of this foundational session is to provide new skills to Canadian critical infrastructure (CI) personnel including management, senior officials, and anyone working at CI sites where ICS are employed. We encourage those responsible for infrastructure security to attend in order to broaden their knowledge of the impacts and issues facing ICS today.
Topics covered in this session include:
- What is ICS?: An Introductory Overview
- Information Technology vs. Operational Technology (IT/OT)
- Where ICS is Found: A Walkthrough of ICS in the Water Sector From Water Source to Faucet
- Case Studies of ICS Cyber Events
- Public Safety Canada Resources Available to the CI Community
Details on the next Understanding ICS Session will be posted as they become available.
PS’s ICS Security technical workshops are focused on the development of basic incident handler skills for the ICS environment. The objective of this training is to raise awareness by giving participants a hands-on experience using real tools and targets. Participants will be expected to have a basic to moderate level of computer security training and proficiency within a networked environment.
Details on the next ICS Technical Workshop will be posted as they become available.
PS regularly hosts ICS-themed webinars that bring together various experts and industry leaders to present on in-depth and timely topics related to ICS and cyber security. These webinars allow PS to engage with stakeholders continuously throughout the year as well as provide opportunities to update the community on security topics, promote the ICS Symposium, and build relationships with experts and industry leaders. Stay tuned for our next event by joining the PS ICS mailing list!
If you're a critical infrastructure owner or operator, contact us for inquiries about ICS Security Symposium and Technical Workshops.
CI Talks: Industrial Control Systems
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