The Pros And Cons Of Supervisory Control Systems

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It is a cold December evening and the Clarke family just arrived home from a lovely evening dinner at Golden Corral. After taking Oscar for a walk and laying the kids down for the evening, the weather app on Mr. Clarke’s phone pops up with a freeze warning for the rest of the weekend. “Honey, it is going to be a cold one Friday and Saturday night! Don’t forget to turn the thermostat up a few degrees!” After they place their heads on the pillow and turn out the lights, their food coma takes over and sends them into a deep, dark sleep. While the Clarke’s are sleeping, a substation for the local power company all of a sudden goes dark. Then, another one in the nearby town of Gallatin goes dark. The people at the power company are frantic – with no …show more content…
As with any advantage, however, there are also downsides. At the heart of most IIoT systems throughout any industry is what is referred to as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications. A combination of hardware and software, SCADA “is an automation control system that is used in industries… [to] provide the user with remote controls of any equipment in a given system” (Krambeck, 2015). A prominent instance of the exploitation of one of these systems, outside of the incident in Ukraine, is what General Hayden referred to as the “crossing of the Rubicon event” of Stuxnet back in 2010 on the Iranian Natanz nuclear facility (Hayden, 2016). Decreasing enrichment efficiency by approximately 30%, this was the first instance of a cyber version of August 1945 when the United States decided to drop two nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima (Holloway, 2015). Without losing a single soldier on the battlefield, a (speculated) nation-state was able to set back Iranian nuclear efforts for years, sending a strong signal to Tehran and the rest of the world that cyberspace is open for

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