Industrial Cybersecurity – ICS Cyber Security Certification Course ( Professional )

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The Industrial Cyber Security Certification Course

This ICS Cybersecurity certification covers all aspects of Industrial Cyber security  including a special advanced module on Understanding IEC 62443-2-4 that is very useful for not only automation system vendors and system integrators, but also to owner/operators to know what to expect from the vendor that supplies , installs, commissions and maintain the Industrial Control System.

CICP Certification

When you complete the requirements of this course, you earn the title of CICP- Certified Industrial Cybersecurity Professional. Having this title informs everybody that you have the knowledge and skills to work in the Industrial Cyber security domain.

ICS cyber security certification

Industrial Cyber security certification is now highly sought after if you are working in any manufacturing industry or facility that is dependent on OT (Operational Technology). These OT systems are responsible for running not only manufacturing facilities but also critical infrastructure like the electrical grid and municipal city water systems. Employers are looking for not just OT security knowledge and skills but also certifications like CICP.

There are of course a couple of other certification programs related to Industrial Cybersecurity and OT security, but they are not very affordable. This industrial cyber security certification program is the most cost effective program anywhere in the world and is considered one of the best ics cyber security certifications to earn.

What does the Industrial Cyber Security Certification course cover?

This industrial cyber security certification course is useful for Automation, Instrumentation, Control Systems, Electrical Engineers who work with DCS/PLC/SCADA/SIS systems and also for IT Cybersecurity Professionals, who need to understand the security aspects of these systems. Out of all the training courses out there, this is the only one that covers everything at a very affordable price!


1. Overview of Industrial Automation & Control Systems (DCS / PLC / SCADA /SIS).
2. Basic Concepts of Cybersecurity.
3. IACS Threats, Vulnerabilities & Attacks.
4. IACS Security Standards & Practices.
5. IACS Cyber Risk Assessment & Mitigation.
6. IACS Security Lifecycle (including People, Policies and Procedures, Hazard and Risk Assessment, ICS Asset Inventory, Training & Competency management, Secure architecture devices and software practices, Intrusion Detection & Prevention, Event Logging & Analysis, Incident Response, Backup & Restore, Patch Management & Testing)
7. Case Study- Stuxnet.
8. Advanced Module 1 (Cyber Kill Chain, MITRE ATT&CK for ICS, SHODAN alternatives, Honeypots)
9. Advanced Module 2- Understanding IEC 62443-2-4 compliance
10. Self Assessment Test
11. CICP Certification Exam

Course Background:

Industrial Control Systems (ICS for short) refer to those Instrumentation, Control Systems and Automation systems that monitor and control industrial plants and processes such as Oil Platforms, Oil and Gas processing facilities, Power Generation plants, Chemical plants, Petrochemical manufacturing plants, textile plants, Electrical Distribution Grids, Ships, Terminal Automation Systems, Steel Plants, Pharmaceutical manufacturing and formulation plants, Food and Beverage industries, Water and Wastewater treatment plants, oil and gas pipelines, pumping stations, solar power plants, nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel reprocessing facilities and many more.

Industrial Control Systems- are they only in manufacturing plants?

No, they are not just in typical manufacturing plants only. Many of these systems are part of critical infrastructure where  they are not actually recognized as “industrial” control systems, (but they actually are) and they govern a country level critical infrastructure, such as for example the sluice gates of a dam or the electric grid that supplies electricity nationwide.

An  ICS network and control system can be one of many different types such as  DCS (Distributed Control Systems), SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems), PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers), PAC (Programmable Automation Controller), SIS (Safety Instrumented Systems), ESD (Emergency Shutdown Systems) and more. Many of these industrial control systems were designed and installed in an age, where there were no security issues, hence they were cyber insecure at the design stage itself. These industrial control systems grew in size and complexity and many got interfaced to other enterprise business systems, such as ERP systems like SAP, but continued to remain insecure.

Industrial Cyber Security

These systems are typically architected, designed and installed by Instrument Engineers, Automation Professionals or Instrumentation & Control System engineers, who are proficient in control systems but not necessarily trained in cybersecurity. Today a control system is vulnerable to cyber attacks in many ways and control system engineers need to  aware of  ICS security and SCADA security, to prevent  catastrophic consequences such as loss of containment, asset damage and environmental disasters, not to mention possible loss of life.

In the recent past there have been many such attacks on industrial control systems and ICS networks, such as Stuxnet on Siemens and TRITON that was executed on a Triconex system.

Why you should get this course now?

Industrial Cyber security is a new and upcoming skill that many engineers and technical professionals do not have. There is a huge demand for these skills from employers and this demand will only grow in the years to come, as we see more cases of attacks on not only Industrial Control Systems themselves directly, but also via supply chain attacks.

Hence, you must take this Abhisam course and get certified (on passing the exam you get an electronic certificate and a badge from Abhisam as a Certified Industrial Cybersecurity Professional).

Many cybersecurity professionals are from an IT background with skills in Business Systems cybersecurity, but have little knowledge about Industrial Control Systems cybersecurity. This program can help plug this gap.

This online cybersecurity training course can be taken by either Instrumentation, Control Systems or Industrial Automation engineers, who have a good background knowledge of DCS, PLC, SCADA and other similar systems OR by experienced Information Technology related cybersecurity professionals, who wish to expand their skillset.

Please note that though this course does cover information security as one of the important aspects of protecting your control system, it is not an exclusively information security course.

Overview of Contents of the Modules:

MODULE 1- Overview of Industrial Automation & Control Systems (DCS/PLC/SCADA/SIS)

  • Introduction to Industrial Automation & Control Systems (IACS)
  • IACS Application Areas
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Evolution of IACS
  • Pneumatic Controllers
  • Single Loop Controller architecture
  • Control Rooms
  • Control Room & Field
  • Analog Electronic Signals
  • Traditional Controls
  • Point to Point Architecture
  • Direct Digital Control (DDC) to Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
  • DCS as a group of controllers
  • DCS Connection to field devices
  • Fieldbuses
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
  • Safety Instrumented Systems
  • SIS Cybersecurity
  • Typical IACS Architecture
  • Automation Hierarchy

Module 2 Basic Concepts of Cybersecurity

  • Cybersecurity Basics
  • Cybersecurity Policy
  • Authorized Access
  • Unauthorized Access
  • Brute Force Attacks
  • Secure Communication
  • Authentication
  • Non Repudiation
  • Encryption
  • Public and Private Keys
  • Locking and Unlocking
  • Public Key Cryptography-
  • Digital Signature
  • Defense in Depth
  • Privileges
  • Role of Malware
  • Understanding malware delivery
  • Attack Surface
  • Threats & Vulnerabilities
  • Viruses
  • Worms
  • Trojans
  • Types of Trojans
  • Ransomware
  • Scareware
  • Spyware
  • Command & Control
  • Firewalls
  • Firewall Basic Working
  • Classes of Firewalls
  • Deep Packet Inspection Firewalls
  • Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)
  • Denial of Service
  • Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
  • Telephonic  Denial of Service (TDoS)
  • Penetration Testing
  • Backdoors
  • Backdoor Examples
  • Demilitarized Zone
  • Privilege Escalation Vulnerbility
  • Network Hardening

Module 3- Threats to IACS

  • Introduction
  • Threats to IACS
  • IACS Threat Severity
  • Vulnerability Causes
  • Increased Connectivity
  • Insecure by design
  • Use of COTS
  • Shodan
  • Skill Levels needed
  • Lack of awareness
  • Predisposing Conditions
  • Four Steps to an Attack
  • Vectors
  • Phishing
  • Spear Phishing
  • Social Engineering
  • Fake Profiles
  • Insecure Connections & Firewalls
  • Malicious Websites
  • Waterholing
  • Fake Updates and Pirated Software
  • USB Drives
  • Devices and Software with Vulnerabilities
  • Buffer Overflow
  • SQL Injection
  • Advanced Persistent Threats (APT)
  • Port Scanning
  • Cross Site Scripting
  • Packet Sniffing
  • Zero Day Exploits
  • Exploit Markets
  • ICS Attack Categories
  • ICS Targeted attacks
  • Attack Sequence of Events
  • Man in the middle attack
  • MITM in ICS
  • Denial of Service
  • Replay attack
  • Spoofing
  • Blended Attacks

Module 4- ICS Cybersecurity Standards

  • Introduction
  • ISA99- Purdue Model
  • 62443 Standard
  • 62443 Organization-1
  • IEC 62443 Organization-2
  • Zones, Conduits and Security Levels
  • Chlorine Loading Example
  • Security Level Types
  • Security Levels
  • Cybersecurity Management System
  • ISA Secure Scheme
  • ISO 31000
  • ISO 27000
  • IEC 61508
  • IEC 61508 implementations
  • IEC 61511
  • IEC 61511- More clauses
  • SIS Implications

Module 5- Industrial Control Systems Risk Assessment

  • Introduction
  • Risk Assessment Case Study
  • Risk Assessment & Mitigation, Incident Response
  • Non Safety Consequences
  • Risk Assessment Process
  • Security Vulnerability Analysis
  • ICS Security Evaluation
  • Initial Risk Assessment
  • Threat Assessment
  • ICS Vulnerabiility Assessment
  • Consequence Analysis-1
  • Example Calculations
  • Tolerable Risk
  • Modification-Small Site
  • Modification-Medium Site
  • Modification-Large Site
  • Modification-Remote Site
  • Seven Steps to be carried out
  • Secondary Risk Assessment
  • Periodic Assessment
  • Cyberattack Mitigation

Module 6- Industrial Cybersecurity Lifecycle

This module has ten sections about the Industrial Cybersecurity Lifecycle.

These are

1. People, Policies, Procedures and Standards

2. Hazard and Risk Assessment

3. Asset Inventory

4. Training & Competency

5. Secure Architecture, Devices, Configuration, Software

6. Intrusion Detection & Prevention

7. Event Logging and Analysis

8. Incident Response

9. Backup & Restore

10. Patch Management & Testing

Module 7- ICS Cyber attack Case Study

Understand the Stuxnet cyber attack in detail. Evaluate if it could have been prevented by using current ICS standards.

Module 8- Self Assessment Test

Use this self assessment test to judge how well you have understood the subject. Also use it as a mock test to prepare for the exam.

Advanced Module

  • Cyber Kill Chain Model
  • MITRE ATT&CK framework for Industrial Control System
  • Honeypots for Industrial Control System
  • Advanced SHODAN techniques and other search methods
  • Understanding and complying with IEC 62443-2-4

Note: The Understanding IEC 62443-2-4 course is included in this version of the course.

Understanding IEC62443-2-4

Why you should get this course from Abhisam?

Abhisam is the world leader in online training as well as  traditional classroom type training for technical professionals in industry. We have trained thousands of engineers and technicians all over the world.

Our learners come from Fortune 500 companies, individuals, government organizations as well as universities.

Who has taken this course?

Engineers and Managers from marquee companies, such as FLSmidth, Black & Veatch, SASOL, GALP  as well as several individuals working with companies like Honeywell, Yokogawa and others have taken this course and got certified. Many security consultants have also taken this course and found it extremely useful for advising their clients about OT security issues.

Question: Why should I not read books instead?

There are hundreds of cybersecurity books, but very few on Industrial Cyber Security, but you will appreciate that reading books and understanding them is a much slower process than learning via animations, narrations and actual cases, that are shown in the  training course.

You will also not get certified by reading a book.

Question: Can I not get this information online elsewhere?

Of course you can spend hours of your valuable time, surfing the internet but you will quickly find that it saps your energy when you spend hundreds of hours of your time trying to find nuggets of useful information . The ics-cert training programs are free but do not cover standards such as IEC 62443.

Question: We are an organization (company, university, association, etc). Can we use this course to train our employees/students/members?

Of course you can. We have special Enterprise and University pricing. If you need to record employee  or student training activity and wish to get a record of their scores and certificates, then a fee will be applicable.

Question: Can this course be provided in a SCORM or TinCan format for deployment on our own Learning Management System?

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