Definition: SCADA is an acronym that stands for “Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. The protocols were mainly established to work with computers in industrial settings. The purpose of the system is to control processes such as the regulation of pumps, manufacturing equipment and other real-time sensors (i.e. on pipelines and temperature controls). Prior to the advent of the Internet this control structure was relatively safe. Today, however, the assurance data is less reliable and the communication between the computer and the process is mitigated over the Internet.

Its Relevance: Businesses and organizations should be on high alert if they supervise key processes over the Internet. Vulnerabilities increase dramatically and the threat environment becomes more intense. The organization’s information security plan must include provisions to secure industrial control systems.

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