SCADA Testbed Implementation, Attacks, and Security Solutions

John Stranahan, Tapan Soni, Jacob Carpenter, Vahid Heydari

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems have been in use for decades. They provide remote management and monitoring capabilities for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) such as power plants, trains, water treatment plants, and dams. In recent years, SCADA systems have been targeted by malicious attackers. The Modbus TCP/IP protocol, which is the standard communication protocol used by many SCADA systems for network communication, is unencrypted and therefore it is insecure by design. In this research, cost-effective design and implementation of a custom SCADA testbed is proposed to assess common vulnerabilities and exploits in real-world Industrial Control Systems. A solution is then proposed to prevent these types of vulnerabilities from being exploited on real-world systems by implementing a secure tunnel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Information and Communication - Proceedings of the 2021 Future of Information and Communication Conference, FICC
EditorsKohei Arai
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9783030730994
StatePublished - 2021
EventFuture of Information and Communication Conference, FICC 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Apr 29 2021Apr 30 2021

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume1363 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


ConferenceFuture of Information and Communication Conference, FICC 2021
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)


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