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1. Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to define what SCADA systems are and their application in modern  industry and infrastructure, to elucidate the reasons for rising concern over the security of these  systems, to analyze the fundamental vulnerabilities and to put forth recommendations for the  implementation of security in these systems.

2. Introduction:
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems are basically Process Control Systems (PCS), specifically designed to automate systems such as traffic control, power grid management, waste processing etc.

3. Application
Control systems are used at all levels of manufacturing and industrial processing. A  manufacturing plant that employs robotic arms will have a control system to direct robotic arms and conveyor belts on the shop floor. It may use that same system for packaging the finished product and tracking inventory. It may also use a control system to monitor its distribution network.

A chemical company will use control systems to monitor tank levels and to ensure that ingredients are mixed in the proper proportions. A Las Vegas casino will use control systems to direct the spray from water fountains in coordination with the lights and music. Control systems are also used in the drilling and refining of oil and natural gas. They are used in the distribution of water and electricity by utility companies, and in the collection of wastewater and sewage. Virtually every sector of the economy employs control systems at all levels.

The term "supervisory control and data acquisition" (SCADA), however, is generally accepted to
mean the systems that control the distribution of critical infrastructure public utilities (water,
sewer, electricity, and oil and gas).

SCADA systems are still to come into widespread infrastructural use in India. In this country they
are being used primarily for automation in industrial production, and to some extent for
specialized process control.  Ranbaxy Labs
1 and Voltas
2 are two of the companies in India using  SCADA systems for process control.


However, they are increasingly common in the US, UK, Australia to name a few countries, where
they are used in the control of infrastructural systems such as power, water and waste
management, traffic control etc. The economy and infrastructure of these countries is increasingly
dependant on SCADA systems.

4. Implementation: How do they work?
3. SCADA systems are primarily control systems. A typical control system consists of one or more
remote terminal units (RTU) connected to a variety of sensors and actuators, and relaying
information to a master station. Figure 1 illustrates this generic, three tiered approach to control
system design. Figure 2 shows a typical RTU.

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