SWaT, ​Singapore's ​Water Treatment ​Test Bed for ​Cyber Security ​Research

SWaT, ​Singapore's ​Water Treatment ​Test Bed for ​Cyber Security ​Research

Kaspersky Lab announced the deployment of Kaspersky's Industrial CyberSecurity (KICS) solutions at the Singapore University of Technology and Design's (SUTD) Centre for Research in Cyber Security, iTrust's Secure Water Treatment (SWaT) test bed.

The solutions deployed aim to support Kaspersky engineers to detect and deter cyber attacks in real world and real time environments.

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SWaT, Singapore's first water treatment test bed for cyber security research is a collaborative project headed by researchers from SUTD, international consultants, and stakeholders.

It is managed by iTrust, and aims to provide a real world environment for developing advanced tools and methodologies to ensure the security and safety of current and future large scale infrastructure against cyber attacks in Singapore.

The test bed is a unique and sophisticated facility that mimics the functions of a water treatment system in a live setting. The test bed allows multi-disciplinary researchers to conductlive simulations and testing that will enhance their understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of new and existing defence mechanisms intended for the cyber security industry.

SWaT will serve as a valuable platform for researchers in Singapore and globally, who are planningto design secure Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) for water treatment, power generation and distribution as well as oil and natural gas refinement.

"Cyber threats to industrial environments are fundamentally different to traditional 'office' threats in terms of the scale of their potential damage, they can be disastrous. We want to play an active role in helping mitigate cyber attacks in this sector and ultimately help build a more secure infrastructure," said MD, Asia Pacific, Kaspersky Lab, Stephan Neumeier.

Industrial control systems have been known to be a target of malicious and sophisticated cyber attacks worldwide.

One such attack was the Ukrainian power grid attack in 2015 that left hundreds of thousands of residents in the Ivano-Frankivisk region in the dark.

Another example was the anonymous regional U.S. water utility hack, where cyber criminals managed to gain access to the valve and flow control systems and manipulated the settings, handicapping water treatment and production capabilities.

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