Incident Response Planning In Industrial Control Systems

Contributed by Bill Clark

This paper discusses what Incident Response (IR) Planning is, what Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are, and how IR Planning pertains to ICS security. IR Planning is the process of preparing for any type of adverse event, also known as an incident, which can cause a process degradation or failure in a system. A system can be hardware, software, or a combination of both. An event can be man-made or natural in origin. An ICS is a combination of hardware and software processes that use extreme precision to automate or control most of today’s manufacturing product lines, water and power utility production plants, and transportation systems for people and products. For ICS applications and data, availability is the first priority.  

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