Security Control Assessment of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition for Power Utilities in Tanzania

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  •   Job Asheri Chaula

  •   Godfrey Weston Luwemba

Abstract

The primary purpose of this research was to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of security control of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) communication network used by infrastructure companies. Initially, the SCADA networks were physically separated from other networks connected to the internet and hence assumed secure. However, the modern SCADA are now integrated with other network resulting in new security vulnerabilities and attacks similar to those found in traditional IT. Thus, it is important to reassess the security controls of the SCADA because it is operated in an open network environment. In this research, a case of the SCADA security controls in the power sector in Tanzania was assessed, whereby a specific SCADA implementation was studied. The data were gathered using observation, testing, interviews, questionnaire and documentation reviews. The results were analyzed using the Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET) and checked for compliance based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and North America Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards. The findings have shown that there exist security vulnerabilities both in security compliance of the standard and component-based vulnerabilities. Additionally, there is inadequate of audit and accountability, personnel security and system and information integrity. Also, for the component-based security compliance, the finding shows that identification and authentication, security management and audit and accountability. On the basis of the results, the research has indicated the areas that require immediate action in order to protect the critical infrastructure.


Keywords: Supervisory Control Data Acquisition, Security Control, Network Systems

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Chaula, J. and Luwemba, G. 2020. Security Control Assessment of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition for Power Utilities in Tanzania. European Journal of Engineering Research and Science. 5, 7 (Jul. 2020), 785-789. DOI:https://doi.org/10.24018/ejers.2020.5.7.1429.