Pre-Conference Workshops: Monday, 29 May 2017

08:30 AM - 11:30 AM Workshop A Protecting Cloud Based SCADA Operations from Security Breaches

Anthony Dep, Electrical and Control Systems Engineer, Lower Murray Water Deva Chinnarajan, SCADA Engineer, Lower Murray Water
This session is for those who have moved or are considering moving their SCADA operations to the cloud. SCADA is relatively new to cloud-based operations, as such it’s important to recognize that any security flaws in previous systems are exponentially more vulnerable to attack once hosted on the cloud. Web application attacks become much more likely and they prey on flaws inherent to SCADA systems, such as authentication and encryption. This session will discuss the main flaws in SCADA systems, and how to resolve them.

It will include but not be limited to:
  • A review on the two ways in which the cloud can support SCADA operations and how each option is pre-disposed to security flaws
  • An exploration of authentication checking between disparate parties to ensure only trusted users access the network
  • Encrypting information in order to prevent unwarranted users from accessing it

Anthony Dep

Electrical and Control Systems Engineer
Lower Murray Water

Deva Chinnarajan

SCADA Engineer
Lower Murray Water

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Workshop B SCADA and the Industrial Internet of Things: The Strategic Automation of Utilities to Ensure Continuing Sustainability of SCADA

This workshop is for the operators and engineers concerned about the future of their SCADA networks. Automation within the utilities and manufacturing sectors is a growing process, compounded by the advent of the industrial internet of things. The amount of data that needs to be logged and processed is only expected to rise. As such, SCADA’s role as a background process behind automation is increasing in kind. It is therefore becoming increasingly important to be strategic in the ways that SCADA networks are updated so that they may be sustainable.

This workshop will include but not be limited to:
  • Strategies for scaling SCADA in the wake of increasing smart devices to ensure secure and uninterrupted operations
  • The types of Human-Machine Interfaces that enable ease of use and sustainable change management for software
  • Deciding upon which operations should be automated in order to improve efficiency and productivity

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM Workshop C SCADA’s Use in Operations Network-Wide: Improving the Safety of SCADA Fail-Safe and Contingency Plans in the Wake of Increasing Automation

Malcolm D’Cruz, Project Manager, Public Transport Authority of Western Australia
One of the dangers of creating a fully-automated SCADA network for mission-critical operations is the risk that if something goes wrong there will be nobody there to conduct a manual override of the system. As such, it becomes exponentially more important that in the beginning of these emergencies SCADA is able to detect these circumstances and employ the correct measures in order to avert disaster. This workshop is for those who need strategies to ensure that the system they’ll be employing in their network is reliable enough to reduce the amount of people on-site without incurring added risks.

This workshop will include but not be limited to:
  • A discussion on the capabilities and limitations of automation: where do we draw the line?
  • Analyzing the capability of 5g communications to enable real-time analysis and thus improved responsiveness
  • SCADA Application of PLC products based on IEC 61508 to meet safety and integrity requirements


Malcolm D’Cruz

Project Manager
Public Transport Authority of Western Australia