Network security of industrial control systems in the process industry

Course Dates:

9 March 2016

More dates will be added if bookings dictate.


£490 per delegate

Course overview

The Chancellor pledged to increase spending on cyber security to £1.9 billion by 2020.

Companies are increasingly reliant on modern Industrial Control Systems (ICS) for their core operations. ICS are generally constructed from commercial off the shelf technologies similar to those used in the IT domain. While this reduces the time and cost of system development and ongoing maintenance, the use of this technology has introduced everyday IT security risks in to the ICS domain.

The impact of an ICS cyber-attack incident can not only cause disruption to business operations and services but also potential damage including destruction to equipment and injury to workers. These systems are critical and therefore are required to be trustworthy and resilient not just operationally but from a security perspective too.

The one day course will provide organisations with an increased confidence in the security and resilience of their wireless ICS.  Better security can also enable businesses to prosper by allowing them to exploit new technologies in a secure manner. Without appropriate security, organisations are exposing themselves to a range of risks that could affect their wireless ICS.

The one day course bridges together IT, engineering and cyber security to achieve security for wireless industrial control systems from design through to installation. It is an unique vendor-neutral, practitioner focused industrial control system education.

Subjects covered

This course enables participants the ability to perform the following tasks as applicable to Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN):

Plan the system; this includes the planning, operating and integrating the WSN.

Configure and program the WSN nodes for communications with central control systems.

Programming WSN nodes for performing sensing functions and secure communications compliant with industrial standards.

Course topics include

  • Wireless Industrial Control Systems (WICS) – critical infrastructure network design and operations 
  • Cybersecurity Essentials for WICS – threats, attacks and incidents

Knowledge of threats, attacks and incidents (e.g., nation states, general criminals, inside and outside malicious attackers, hacktivists man-in-the-middle, spoofing, social engineering, DoS/DDoS, data manipulating, session hijacking, foreign software, unauthorised access,)

  • Cybersecurity Essentials for WICS – cryptography

Knowledge of cryptography (e.g., symmetric-key and asymmetric-key cryptography, certificate management, PKI, hashing, resource constraints)

  • WICS Architecture – communication medium and wireless security

Knowledge of communication medium (e.g., RF, microwave, wireless sensors networks, wireless protocols, wireless security, penetration testing and exploitation)

  • WICS Security Assessments and Management – security tools

Security testing tools and management of incidents (e.g., packet sniffer, port scanner, vulnerability scanner, anomalous behaviour, IDS, IPS)

  • Physical Security

Knowledge of physical security


This is a one-day course, with an emphasis on the practical aspects of technology via hands on sessions.

We’ll use case studies throughout to illustrate the presentations, with plenty of discussion periods to allow questions amongst delegates.

The course assumes a rudimentary level of knowledge and understanding, consequently it is applicable to a diverse set of professionals who engineer or support wireless control systems and share responsibility for the security of these environments.

The hands-on, step-by-step teaching approach will enable you to grasp all of the information presented. You will be able to apply and use the knowledge and skills you learn on the one day course as soon as you return to work.

Is it for me?

The one day course is designed for the range of individuals who work in, interact with, or can affect wireless industrial control system environments, including asset owners, vendors, integrators and other third parties. These personnel primarily come from four domains:

      IT (includes operational technology support)

      IT security (includes operational technology security)

      Network Engineering

      Network security (includes CERT)


The course will be held at the University of Greenwich, Medway Campus, Chatham Maritime, Kent.

Course Team

Dr Andrew Adekunle is a Lecturer in Computing in the Faculty of Engineering and Science. His research interests lie in Communication Security; particularly in Wireless Sensor Networks, especially ICS.

Please note that The Wolfson Centre reserves the right to substitute leaders of equal quality should this be dictated by circumstances beyond their control.


To book your place please complete the online booking form. The fee is payable upon return of the registration form and covers lectures, course notes, lunch and refreshments. All applicants will be acknowledged and confirmed. See here for discounts available and cancellation charges.

Note: It’s important to make sure that there is time available to deal the delegates’ specific issues. As a result, numbers are strictly limited and we recommend early registration.

Contact details:

020 8331 8646


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