Industrial Control Systems: Cyberattack trends and countermeasures

Tejasvi Alladi, Vinay Chamola, Sherali Zeadally

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It is generally understood that an attacker with limited resources would not be able to carry out targeted attacks on Industrial Control Systems. Breaking this general notion, we present case studies of major attacks on Industrial Control Systems (ICSs) in the last 20 years. The attacks chosen are the most prominent ones in terms of the economic loss inflicted, the potential to damage physical equipment and to cause human casualties. For each of these attacks, we describe the attack methodology used and suggest possible solutions to prevent such attacks. We analyze each case study to provide a better insight into the development of future cybersecurity techniques for ICSs. Finally, we suggest some recommendations on the best practices for protecting ICSs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalComputer Communications
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments which helped us improve the content and presentation of this paper.

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© 2020 Elsevier B.V.

Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Cyberattack
  • Cybersecurity
  • Industrial Control Systems (ICSs)
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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