ICS Fundamentals

A look at ICS fundamentals such as SCADA, SIS, DCS and ICS communications.

7 videos  //  33 minutes of training

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Course description

This crash course in ICS fundamentals covers a wide range of topics such as the types of ICSes and their assets, ICS communication and networking protocols and an introduction to the supervisory zone. It ends by exploring the role of data in ICS operation and its impact on business processes.

Course syllabus

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)Duration: 5:08

An overview of the role that SCADA systems play in an ICS environment and the way they typically operate.

Distributed Control Systems (DCS)Duration: 2:54

Explore the layout and operation of a DCS and some of the similarities they share with SCADA systems.

Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)Duration: 5:01

Examine some of the hazards associated with the operation of certain types of DCS and the safety systems that are employed to protect us and the environment.

ICS CommunicationsDuration: 5:19

A brief look at ICS communication ports, protocols and connection types.

Supervisory ZoneDuration: 4:17

Explore the devices that are commonly found in the supervisory zone of a SCADA system such as control servers, engineering workstations and historians and the software that runs on each.

PLC Operation DemoDuration: 4:54

A real-life demonstration of the operation of a PLC within a very simple control system setup.

Data Acquisition, Management and Business ProcessesDuration: 5:05

Explore the role of data acquisition and management in an ICS and the tools/techniques used by management to link the operation of ICS to business processes.

Meet the author

Matt Campagnola


Matthew Campagnola is a cybersecurity professional with experience in information technology and Industrial Control System (ICS)/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) security. His experience includes designing secure ICS/SCADA network architectures as well as conducting cybersecurity assessments of critical infrastructure, manufacturing plants and public utilities.

In his free time, Matthew enjoys participating in ICS/SCADA oriented hacking events on both the offensive and defensive teams.

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