What Is SCADA?

What Is SCADA?

 By Charles Joseph | Cybersecurity Advocate
 Last update: November 25, 2023

SCADA stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. It is an industrial control system that monitors and controls industrial processes and infrastructure.

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Why Are SCADA Platforms Targets for Hackers?

SCADA platforms are attractive targets for hackers because they are often used to control critical infrastructures, such as power grids and water systems. SCADA systems have become more vulnerable to cyber attacks as they become increasingly interconnected and rely on remote access.

Hackers can exploit these vulnerabilities to gain access to sensitive data or disrupt the operation of a critical system. Additionally, SCADA systems are often not properly secured and have weak authentication protocols, making them an easy target.

Key Points

  • SCADA is a system that enables remote monitoring and control of industrial equipment and processes.
  • SCADA systems can monitor and control various equipment and processes, including pumps, valves, motors, and other types of machinery.
  • SCADA systems can also monitor and control environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, and pressure.
  • SCADA systems are typically used in industries such as water treatment, power generation, oil and gas production, and manufacturing.
"Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people."
-- Bruce Schneier, a renown computer security professional