Dr. Imre Lendak is an assistant professor at the Faculty of technical sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, where he teaches Distributed systems and algorithms and Information security in Smart Grids. Since 2015 he provides information security consulting services to Schneider Electric DMS Ltd (SEDMS), a Novi Sad-based company developing control center solutions (e.g. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Distribution Management System (DMS), Outage Management System (OMS)) for distribution system operator (DSO) customers worldwide. Between 2009 and 2015 prof. Lendak was managing two large SCADA projects for SEDMS. Before that, he was a Linux system administrator and software engineer.
9 years in information security education
10+ years of Linux system administration
2+ years in information security consulting – special focus on critical infrastructure security
PRESENTATION: Novel cyber security challenges in cloud-based critical infrastructures
Critical infrastructures are man-made complex, distributed systems used for delivering essential resources and services (e.g. electricity, gas, networking) to businesses and end users. As modern society and businesses cannot correctly function during disruptions in these critical services, it is of utmost importance to properly protect these systems. Traditionally critical infrastructures relied on security-by-obscurity, i.e. they were closed, inaccessible, complex systems operating on proprietary hardware, software, and protocols. In the XXI centry, critical infrastructure systems are ’opening up’, the business environment usually has Internet connectivity and two-way communication with the process environment. System owners and operators are exploring the latest information and communication technologies (ICT) to cut costs and optimize business processes. Cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) are two key development investigated by these companies. The goal of this talk is to discuss the information security challenges met by critical infrastructures on their road to the cloud and the IoT.