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Developing an Emergency Response Plan and Improving Systems to minimise risk

Developing an Emergency Response Plan and Improving Systems to minimise risk

Ahead of SCADA 2017 we chat to Tasnim Abdel-Razaq, Network Control Manager at SA Power Networks. In September 2016 South Australia experienced a severe storm that lead to a statewide blackout which impacted over 1.7 million people (the population of South Australia). Tasnim shares with us SA Power Networks’ Emergency Response Plan and how systems and processes have been reviewed to reduce risks into the future.   
SCADA innovation: How to test relays without blacking out the zone substation

SCADA innovation: How to test relays without blacking out the zone substation

The utilities sector is moving towards smart grid technology – a shift that reflects the rapid advances in technical capacity for SCADA systems. Victoria University (VU) in Melbourne will become a cornerstone for integrating smart grid technology into Australia’s electricity supply market, with the development of one of the world’s few (if not first) Zone Substation Simulator Centre (VZSSC). At the last SCADA event, two of the project’s lead specialists shared exclusive insight into the technical specifications, research and development, and what it means for the electricity supply industry. 

Hack Attack: Intelligent Defence for SCADA

Hack Attack: Intelligent Defence for SCADA

Ahead of SCADA 2017 we chat to Dr. Elena Sitnikova, Critical Infrastructure Protection Research Leader at the Australian Centre for Cyber Security.

Elena discusses the risks automation poses to SCADA legacy systems and  highlights the points on internet of things (IoT) for industrial systems.  She describes a shifting focus to cyber-physical systems that require balancing machine to machine interaction (M2M) towards human-machine interactions and delves into potential tools and solutions to protect networks from unauthorised access and attacks. 

Strategically Managing, Protecting and Upgrading Australia’s Largest Water SCADA Network

Strategically Managing, Protecting and Upgrading Australia’s Largest Water SCADA Network

Ahead of the SCADA Summit 2018 we chat to Mike Wassell, Operational Technology Services Manager at Sydney Water. In this article Mike discusses some of the challenges affecting modern SCADA operations and delves into the technologies and innovations Sydney Water is utilising to help build resilience and secure SCADA networks for the future.