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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. 

[Report] The Future of SCADA: How Three Australian Organisations are Harnessing Modern SCADA System Capabilities to Increase Efficiency and Security

[Report] The Future of SCADA: How Three Australian Organisations are Harnessing Modern SCADA System Capabilities to Increase Efficiency and Security

Today the SCADA market is projected to grow by 6% by 2022, which is influenced by the integration of IoT environments, and industrial control systems becoming more digitised and automated. However, the progression of 4th generation IoT SCADA systems brings new challenges for operators, with some even predicting that as IIoT and Edge Computing develop and become increasingly fundamental in industrial applications, they may entirely replace SCADA systems.

SCADA is much like IoT. Yet IoT, the shiny new technology, is developing faster than anything we’ve seen in recent years. Instead of replacing SCADA though, these technologies will add new capabilities to SCADA platforms, as they can contribute to strengthening industrial communications, improving plant efficiency and performance whilst reducing downtime.

So, SCADA systems are still predominant within heavy asset industries. With three generations of SCADA – standalone, distributed and networked – working alongside new tech.

To better understand how these technologies are being used in existing SCADA systems we take a look at how three Australian organisations, Coliban Water, Shell QGC and Coopers Brewery are harnessing modern SCADA system capabilities to increase efficiency and network security. 

Meet Your Attacker: SCADA Attackers Taxonomy and Analysis.

Meet Your Attacker: SCADA Attackers Taxonomy and Analysis.

Ahead of SCADA 2019, we share with you this industry whitepaper from Radiflow. In this whitepaper Radiflow analyses several highly publicised cyber security incidents over the past ten years, and puts forward a new evidence-based taxonomy for classifying and analysing the impact of each on OT networks.

Harnessing Modern SCADA System Capabilities: How Sydney Water and Coopers Brewery are Increasing Output Efficiency

Harnessing Modern SCADA System Capabilities: How Sydney Water and Coopers Brewery are Increasing Output Efficiency

Ahead of SCADA 2019, we examine how two organisations, Sydney Water, and Coopers Brewery are leveraging SCADA systems to strengthen their quality assessment, operating standards, and maintenance proficiency. 

Presentation Packet | SCADA 2020

Presentation Packet | SCADA 2020

Ahead of the SCADA Australia Summit 2020 we take a look back at some of the highest rated presentations from 2019.

Explore insights from: 

  • SA Power Networks 
  • City West Water 
  • The Critical Infrastructure Centre