30 May - 01 June, 2018 | Royce Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day One: Thursday 31st May 2018

7:00 am - 9:15 am Workshop A: SCADA and IIoT Convergence: What this means for the Future of SCADA and Automation

Tushar Tikkoo - SCADA Manager, South East Water

Tushar Tikkoo

SCADA Manager
South East Water

9:15 am - 9:45 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:45 am - 9:55 am Opening Remarks by IQPC and the Conference Chair

Conference Chair:

9:55 am - 10:30 am CASE STUDY: Embracing the Merge between SCADA and IIoT to Better Prepare for Industry 4.0 at Hunter H2O

David Bowerman - General Manager Electrical & SCADA Engineering, Hunter H2O
Industry 4.0 encompasses the digitalisation of the horizontal and vertical value chains focusing on improving customer experience, increase speed and reducing costs. With the world becoming increasingly connected, it is estimated that a total of 200 billion devices will be connected by 2020. Now the most commonly asked question in the industry is; Will IIoT replace SCADA and can the two concepts be integrated? This session will explore:

  • Understanding the concept behind IIoT for better integration into SCADA systems
  • How to successfully migrate from a legacy automation environment to an IIoT environment to take SCADA into the future
  • How to implement strategies to effectively allow IIoT to maximise SCADA efficiency
  • How to gain accurate data with IIoT and SCADA convergence

David Bowerman

General Manager Electrical & SCADA Engineering
Hunter H2O

10:30 am - 11:10 am Thought Leadership Session

11:10 am - 11:40 am Speed Networking Session

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


Interactive Discussion Groups (IDGs)

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 40 minutes, allowing you to pick the two top mind topics you wish to discuss and solve.

Topic One

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm Re-designing Your Approach to Welcome the Future of SCADA
Deva Chinnarajan - /Lead Electrical and Control Systems Engineer, Lower Murray Water
  • How to implement strategies to effectively monitor the SCADA systems and its value
  • Understanding the difference when a system needs an upgrade or a total rebuild
  • Exploring the new SCADA technology to better position industries for enhanced decision making

Deva Chinnarajan

/Lead Electrical and Control Systems Engineer
Lower Murray Water

Topic Two

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm Developing Strategies to Increase Talent Growth within the SCADA Industry in order to Avoid Redundancy
Andrew West - SCADA Communications Expert, DNP Technical Committee
  • Reviewing the internal SCADA culture to attract new talent to progress SCADA into the future
  • Understanding how new skills set can accompany Industry 4.0
  • Understanding the challenges when not addressing obsolete talent and strategies to take the first step to diversify talent in the industry

Andrew West

SCADA Communications Expert
DNP Technical Committee

Topic Three

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm Implementing Effective Strategies to Ensure Proactive Management against Cyber Threats
Anthony Dep - Electrical and Control Systems Engineer, Lower Murray Water
  • Understanding how Cyber threats can place SCADA systems in a vulnerable position when not properly monitored
  • How privacy of SCADA data can be compromised and the strategies to address such challenges

Anthony Dep

Electrical and Control Systems Engineer
Lower Murray Water

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm CASE STUDY: Measuring Cyber Risk within SCADA Systems to Build Resilience with Shell QGC

Jason Schurmann - Process Control Security Expert, Shell QGC
The increasing level of complexity in large technical systems and critical infrastructure demands holistic and systematic risk management. SCADA systems are exposed to a wide range of cyber threats. The nature of SCADA systems requires them to be operating 24/7 which makes regular patching and upgrading of SCADA software and hosting operating system difficult. As such, new unknown vulnerabilities can ultimately break the system. Such a risk is usually something that industries do not want to take. In this session Jason will explore:

  • How to develop effective risk assessments to ensure successful operations within the hardware and software of SCADA systems
  • How to navigate cyber security issues in legacy SCADA systems to avoid negative impact on system safety and efficiency
  • How to establish a cyber-aware culture throughout the organisation to proactively assess and mitigate cyber risks

Jason Schurmann

Process Control Security Expert
Shell QGC

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm CASE STUDY: Implementing Strategies with Hunter H20 to Respond to Generational Change in the SCADA Industry in Order to Optimise Talent Growth

Greg Burgio - Senior Project Manager, Hunter H2O
The changing landscape of SCADA requires new talent that can essentially transition SCADA without difficulty. However in order for this to happen, there is a definite need for industries to be open to change and new talent. Although difficult at first, a new generation of SCADA engineers can bring about increased technological efficiency resulting to new business opportunities. In this session Greg will discuss:

  • Creating opportunities for new talent to enter the industry to optimise talent growth
  • Assessing the types of skills the future generation will bring to the future of SCADA
  • Initiate applications and methods to increase awareness of the SCADA culture in order to retain new talent

Greg Burgio

Senior Project Manager
Hunter H2O


4:10 pm - 4:40 pm Increasing Security Awareness and Safeguards within ICS and SCADA Systems to Maximize Cyber Resilience

Elena Sitnikova - Critical Infrastructure Protection, Research Leader, Australian Centre for Cyber Security
‘Industroyer’ is considered to be the biggest threat to industrial control systems since ‘Stuxnet’. Kiev’s December 2016 blackout becomes only the second time in history that a power grid has been disrupted via digital attack. With ICS and SCADA targeting malware floating around, the need to capitalize on cyber security is greater than ever. There is now an increased need for industries to consider an ‘immune system’ approach that enables early detection and response to emerging threats. In this session Elena will discuss:

  • How to encourage security awareness and safeguards to ensure a long-term strategic approach
  • Establishing a proactive approach within executive level management in order to maintain regular assessments
  • Implementing effective security frameworks to protect SCADA systems against cyber threats

Elena Sitnikova

Critical Infrastructure Protection, Research Leader
Australian Centre for Cyber Security

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm CASE STUDY: Implementing Operational and Technical Changes to Enhance System Stability and Security

Jignesh Kapadia - Technical Specialist 3, Control Systems Engineer, Transport Authority Expert
Cyber security tests are extremely essential as industries are facing intensifying cyber security risks. Regular maintenance of SCADA hardware and software is necessary for enhanced function to occur. However, there still are hurdles when attempting to make operational and technical changes. Studies show that in over 20 sites there was an average of 36% of incidents which comprised of degradation and failures in equipment. By not having the right approach to maintenance, SCADA security is compromised therefore putting SCADA systems in a more vulnerable position. In this session Jignesh will examine:

  • How to identify critical vulnerabilities in an existing third party and proprietary control systems solutions to avoid future disasters
  • Exploring common security certification test platforms and tools for performing tests such as device service scanning, network flood vulnerability scanning and protocol fuzzing
  • Encouraging a ‘detect and mitigate’ culture across the industry to enhance control system and operations environment safety
  • Embedding security into infrastructure to employ a rigorous approach to strengthen SCADA security

Jignesh Kapadia

Technical Specialist 3, Control Systems Engineer
Transport Authority Expert

5:20 pm - 5:20 pm End of Day One and Networking Drinks