SCADA Systems Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructures: Case Studies in Multiple Sectors

Suhaila Ismail, Elena Sitnikova, Jill Slay

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Past cyber-attacks on Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems for Critical infrastructures have left these systems compromised and caused financial and economic problems. Deliberate attacks have resulted in denial of services and physical injury to the public in certain cases. This study explores the past attacks on SCADA Systems by examining nine case studies across multiple utility sectors including transport, energy and water and sewage sector. These case studies will be further analysed according to the cyber-terrorist decision-making theories including strategic, organisational and psychological theories based on McCormick (2000). Next, this study will look into cyber-terrorist capabilities in conducting attacks according to Nelson’s (1999) approach that includes simple-unstructured, advance-structured and complex-coordinated capabilities. The results of this study will form the basis of a guideline that organisations can use so that they are better prepared in identifying potential future cybersecurity attacks on their SCADA systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCyber Warfare and Terrorism
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Place of PublicationHershey, PA.
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781799824671
ISBN (Print)9781799824664, 1799824667
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Cyber Security
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • Denial of services
  • Cyber-terrorism


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