Clint Bodungen, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, notes, "Today's critical infrastructure often runs on outdated technologies that date back nearly 30 years, meaning some of the largest cities' utilities and sensitive systems are controlled by unsupported, vulnerable software. At the same time, cybercriminals' attacks are growing in sophistication, creating a dangerous situation that students can help resolve. While lectures are beneficial, students gain the most understanding through hands-on activities, which is why we're collaborating with MIT to bring critical infrastructure cybersecurity to the forefront at this year's IAP."
During the event, students will analyze industrial control systems (ICS), which are typically used in the electric, water, oil and gas industries, while taking a closer look at Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) that continue to plague organizations of all sizes and sectors. At the seminar, students will participate in both a Capture the Flag challenge and the Kaspersky Interactive Protection Simulation (KIPS Live) training, where participants will select suitable cybersecurity technologies for an industrial power plant and resolve specific implementation challenges.
The focus of "Think Security" follows the recent launch of Kaspersky Lab ICS-CERT, a global computer emergency response team dedicated to securing industrial systems. Through the ICS-CERT project, Kaspersky Lab shares its cybersecurity expertise with industry stakeholders, which includes information on the latest threats, security incidents, mitigation strategies, incident response and compliance.
IAP is a special four-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month. For over four decades, IAP has provided members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff, and alums) with a unique opportunity to organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests. During IAP, students are encouraged to set their own educational agendas, pursue independent projects, meet with faculty, or pursue many other options not possible during the semester.
Additional information on the "Think Security" seminar can be found on the IAP website.
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