ICS115 – ICS Introduction for IT Staff (Virtual)





A Beta Test of this course is being offered at the reduce cost of £250. Contact Us to sign up and once sufficient candidates have done so, a date will be set for the course.


The Industrial Control Fundamentals for All course is designed to provide an introduction into aspects of Operational Technology design and use in industrial applications. The aims of the course are to provide an understanding of ICS design, configuration, operations and maintenance principles in a real-world context. At the course outset, students will be presented with a statement that defines the requirement for a simple industrial process system.

Over the following two days, students will be shown how this requirement is met using Operational Technology. The principles of sensors, logic solvers and control end elements are covered, along with selection for the process system being designed. Along the way, there are demonstrations of real-world industrial equipment plus students will complete exercises and Labs to get hands-on configuration with simulated equipment. By the end of the course, students will have been seen a complete ICS take shape, including human operator and data historian interfaces.

The main aim of this course is to allow students to gain an understanding of why an ICS environment is fundamentally different to an IT environment, despite sharing
much technology and so cyber vulnerabilities. This knowledge is highly beneficial in fostering understanding between IT and OT Security, Plant Operations and Plant Engineering teams, and will significantly assist in Incident Prevention and Response scenarios.

Course Design

The need for this course was identified from experience of delivering OT Security training to people from many different professional backgrounds spanning more than a decade. The course author has 30+ years of engineering experience designing Industrial Control Systems for industrial plant experience.


There are no pre-requisites for this course and a course handbook will be provided for each student.

Who Should Attend

If you are in a cybersecurity role which has responsibility for Operational Technology Security role, or intend to move into one which has an ICS environment including:

  • IT Management
  • IT Engineers
  • Procurement Personnel
  • ICS Policy/Decision Makers
  • Site/Asset Single point of Accountability (SPA)
  • Site/Asset IT Managers
  • Site/Asset Physical Security/Facilities personnel

What You Will Learn

By the end of the course, you will be familiar with:

  • Process Sensor basics
  • How Sensors communicate to controllers
  • How controllers make decisions
  • How controllers manage machinery
  • The basics of industrial communications
  • Human Machine Interface fundamentals
  • Foundation concepts of operational and machinery safety

Session Descriptions

Session 1: Foundations

  • Introduction to the Design Requirements for the course process system
  • Sensors and Signals
  • PLC Basics
  • Control devices and signals
  • Developing the ICS to the Design Requirements
  • Demonstrations and Exercises

Session 2: Securing ICS

  • Human Interfaces, purpose, design and practical
  • Communicating to other ICS
  • Adding Safety Controls
  • Making the system maintainable
  • Maintenance planning
  • Considering the Purdue Model
  • Demonstrations and Exercises

CyBOK Knowledge Areas

This course addresses skills within the following Knowledge Areas:

  • Adversarial Behaviours
  • Cyber-Physical Systems


Additional information


29th/30th June, TBC