IT and OT Advanced Skills for I&C Personnel (TS12)

Course Length: 5 days
CEU Credits: 3.5


In this course, you will learn about the latest developments in networking, including practical tips on designing, implementing and testing TCP/IP-based networks and how to apply them securely and reliably in an Industrial environment. You will discuss the functions and purposes of the elements used to create and protect an industrial network including switches, routers, firewalls and Intrusion detection/prevention systems. This course will expand your practical knowledge of LAN, WAN, and Web technologies. It illustrates what is safe and practical for today's plant floor, including Internet technologies such as web servers, TCP/IP, and fiber optics. Special focus will be placed on the questions of security in the industrial setting drawing on the work of the SP-99 committee and NIST.  The course will cover the details of IP addressing and how functions and protocols such as DHCP, DNS, ARP/RARP and fast spanning tree are essential to make such networks function.  The course will include network troubleshooting and the use of network diagnostic tools.

You will be able to:

  • Expand your understanding of LAN, WAN intranet, and Internet concepts
  • Recognize how the structure of the telephone system impacts industrial networks
  • Identify analog dial-up connections and modems standards
  • Explain modern digital WANs and the service options for corporate intranets
  • Learn the basics of fiber-optic networks, including cable selection for the plant floor
  • Apply the TCP/IP protocols, addressing, and troubleshooting
  • Learn how web technology works and how web server capability is being used in industry
  • Estimate where web technologies can safely be used for process control
  • Understand the basics of network security architectures and how layering and segmentation can improve security
  • Understand security technologies such as firewalls, proxy servers, virus scanning and intrusion protection
  • Perform basic security scanning on your networks and perform 'hardening' of your computers

You will cover:

  • TCP/IP networking over Ethernet, over serial links (PPP) and through other networks
  • Making Networks Reliable:  Redundancy/Name services/Fault tolerance/Spanning tree
  • Secure Architectures:  layering based on function, firewall placements, use of DMZs, patch/virus update management
  • Understanding Packets and Protocols: Understanding IP, TCP and UDP and Application protocols
  • Building a Plant Floor Web Server using HTML, XML, client/server side scripting
  • Network Security Issues: Risks and Vulnerabilities | Attack methods and technologies
  • Applying: Virus Protection | Firewall Basics | Encryption Basics
  • Advanced security:  VPN technology and application, VLAN technology and application, static/dynamic routing
  • Firewall technology:  Basic/advanced, ACL definitions, stateful inspection, HIDS/NIDS
  • User Authentication:  strong authentication, password strategies, multi-factor, centralized policy management
  • Practical Industrial Intranet Applications using SP99 recommendations and standards

Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

  • Configuring basic network parameters and settings
  • Use TCP/IP diagnostic tools in Windows-2000/XP
  • Using network analyzers to troubleshoot
  • Use web technology to display plant data
  • Configure a security firewall for the plant floor
  • Perform a basic security scan on a target system

Not sure this particular course is for you?
pre-instructional survey is available for you to evaluate your level of understanding of the course material and to show you the types of questions you'll be able to answer after completing the course.

For more information:
Contact us at +1 919-549-8411 or to start your company on the path to well-trained employees.