Industrial Control Systems (ICS) have been in existence for decades in the United States. These systems are relatively unknown to the general public and were designed to control our critical infrastructure such as utilities (electricity, nuclear power, and water treatment plants). Until recently, these systems were connected to company networks by privately owned IT networks based on private line technology. Public utility companies have begun to connect ICS networks to public networks such as the Internet as they transition to TCP/IP based networks. This trend is accomplishing the much needed modernization of the nationís IT networks supporting the critical infrastructure and setting the groundwork for developing the federally mandated Smart Grid. The ICS network transition to public networks has many benefits and risks. The increased risk to the smart grid must be addressed by the USG partnering with private industry. Prerequisite: IAE 685 (3) NOTE: Students enrolled in this course incur an additional lab fee of $100.
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