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Lancope's Tom Cross will discuss best practices for securing vulnerable SCADA networks, including the use of NetFlow for anomaly detection

ATLANTA, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lancope, Inc., a leader in network visibility and security intelligence, will deliver a complimentary webinar on techniques for improving SCADA system security on Tuesday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. EDT / 3:00 p.m. BST. Lancope's director of security research, Tom Cross, will discuss the inherent security risks associated with SCADA systems, real-world attacks against industrial control systems and best practices for improving the current state of SCADA security.

"Industrial control technologies were largely built on proprietary systems never meant to be connected to the Internet," said Cross. "Additionally, conventional security solutions can introduce too much downtime or interfere with the correct operation of SCADA systems. In combination, these issues pose a significant challenge to control systems security – one which requires advanced strategies and technologies to correct."

As part of the webinar, Cross will discuss:

  • The state of control systems security vulnerabilities
  • Real-world attack activity that is prompting action
  • The unique, long-term challenges associated with protecting SCADA networks
  • How anomaly detection can play a key role in protecting SCADA systems now

The good news regarding SCADA networks is that they are extremely easy to baseline, and can therefore benefit greatly from anomaly detection technologies. SCADA operators can leverage NetFlow through technologies such as Lancope's StealthWatch® System to baseline normal network activity and quickly identify anomalous behaviors that could signify an issue. Since NetFlow is already inherent within the network, organizations can simply turn it on without having to make any changes to their systems, and can monitor the network for security issues without running the risk of interfering with the critical operations of the control system.

"Many SCADA operators would still like to believe that their systems are not connected to the Internet, but this is simply not the case," said Cross. "A multitude of vulnerability assessments and real-world attacks have proven otherwise. Due to the far-reaching catastrophes that can arise from attacks on energy and utilities systems, SCADA security is of utmost importance when it comes to critical infrastructure protection, and the protection of nations as a whole. It is not something that can continue to be ignored."

Evolving industry regulations such as NERC CIP and FISMA/NIST are also forcing critical infrastructure providers to take a closer look at their security procedures to meet tougher compliance requirements.

To register for the complimentary webinar, "SCADA Security: The Five Stages of Cyber Grief," go to: Further information on SCADA security can be found at:  

About Lancope
Lancope, Inc. is a leading provider of network visibility and security intelligence to defend enterprises against today's top threats. By collecting and analyzing NetFlow, IPFIX and other types of flow data, Lancope's StealthWatch® System helps organizations quickly detect a wide range of attacks from APTs and DDoS to zero-day malware and insider threats. Through pervasive insight across distributed networks, including mobile, identity and application awareness, Lancope accelerates incident response, improves forensic investigations and reduces enterprise risk. Lancope's security capabilities are continuously enhanced with threat intelligence from the StealthWatch Labs research team. For more information, visit

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