The Central ICS/SCADA Cyber Security Event of the Year for the APAC Region! This year’s conference will have THREE full days of content, and receptions and networking opportunities. You can register for the conference online to hold a spot.
Wednesday, April 25 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Functional Safety and Cybersecurity

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Functional Safety at Your Plant Requires IT Security

The cyber security threat has expanded from its origins in the home and office PC environment into Industrial Control Systems. At the end of 2017, the world's first successful hacker attack on a safety instrumented system (SIS) was discovered. Malware in a programming station (PC) modified older Triconex safety instrumented systems manufactured by Schneider Electric during ongoing operation. To do this, the programming station was manipulated in such a way that the usual programming function was used to exchange a user program fragment in the Triconex SIS. This modification put the SIS into a safe state. We suspect that the aim of the attack was more than to simply stop the SIS. Rather, it can be assumed that this was supposed to result in a crash. This malware is known as "TRISIS" or "TRITON" (hereafter referred to as "TRISIS").

In this presentation, Sujith Panikkar of HIMA will explain that by looking at a wider solution, through a combination of functional safety and IT security, businesses ensure their overall safety.

The presentation will address three core questions:
  • Can the “insecurity” of integrated control systems influence the functional safety of a plant?
  • What needs to be protected?
  • Can the principles developed for functional safety be applied to security?
With reference to the international standards IEC 61508 for functional safety, IEC 61511 for Safety instrumented Systems and IEC 62443 for cyber security the session will deliver a unique perspective and thinking on this very real, very modern threat.

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Sujith Panikkar

Director of Consulting in Functional Safety and Safety Instrumented Systems, HIMA Safety Systems

Wednesday April 25, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Breakout - Tech Track
  • about Sujith Panikkar has a Master’s Degree in Safety, Health and Environment Technology from National University of Singapore, Bachelors in Applied Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Kerala, India and is a Certified Functional Safety Expert from TÜV Rheinland, TÜV SÜD and CFSE Board, USA.He has over 27 years of experience in the field of Industrial Automation Systems & products for Oil & Gas, Petroleum Refining, and LNG, downstream petrochemicals industry projects including Distributed Control Systems, Foundation Fieldbus and Safety Instrumented Systems (for ESD / BMS / F&G applications) and Intrinsically Safe hazardous area interfaces.