SCADA-SST: A SCADA security testbed

Asem Ghaleb, Sami Zhioua, Ahmad Almulhem

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The number of reported cybersecurity incidents on SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems increased significantly in the past few years. One contributing factor is the fact that security testing of live SCADA systems is not practical as such systems are expected to be operational 24/7. Also and most importantly, conducting live security testing on these types of systems is generally costly. A practical and cost-effective solution is to carry out security testing on a simulated version of the physical setting. The main contribution of this paper is to present a SCADA simulation environment (SCADA-SST) suitable for security testing. The simulation environment is generic, easy to setup (comes with a detailed manual), and supports hybrid architectures (involving simulated as well as physical components). We show how SCADA-SST can be used to simulate two realistic settings, namely, Water distribution and Electrical power grid. Finally, for the sake of security testing example, we show how SCADASST can be used to assess the resilience of common SCADA nodes to DOS attacks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 World Congress on Industrial Control Systems Security, WCICSS 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781908320636
StatePublished - 20 Mar 2017

Publication series

Name2016 World Congress on Industrial Control Systems Security, WCICSS 2016

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 IEEE.


  • Industrial Control Systems
  • Network attacks
  • Security testing
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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