Guest Editorial: Configuration Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems

Alireza Jolfaei, Mian Ahmad Jan, Krishna Kant, Muhammad Usman

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The papers in this special section focus on configuration security for industrial automation and control systems. These systems include supervisory control and data acquisition systems, distributed control systems, and other control system configurations such as programmable logic controllers, which are typically used in industries such as electric, water and wastewater, oil and natural gas, transportation, chemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and discrete manufacturing, examples of which are automotive, aerospace, and durable goods. These systems are highly interconnected and mutually dependent in complex ways, both physically and through information and communications technologies, and they support a diverse set of services for the management of critical infrastructure by making use of a wide variety of Internet of Things (IoT) devices for sensing and actuation. These papers highlight the main research challenges and solutions for improving configuration security in the context of industrial automation and control systems by taking into consideration various challenges faced by industrial applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4206-4209
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Automation
  • Internet of Things
  • Control systems
  • Industrial control
  • Configuration management
  • Real-time systems


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