An ICS Honeynet for Detecting and Analyzing Cyberattacks in Industrial Plants

  • Cybersecurity of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) is an important issue, as ICS incidents may have a direct impact on safety of people or the environment. At the same time the awareness and knowledge about cybersecurity, particularly in the context of ICS, is alarmingly low. Industrial honeypots offer a cheap and easy to implement way to raise cybersecurity awareness and to educate ICS staff about typical attack patterns. When integrated in a productive network, industrial honeypots may not only reveal attackers early but may also distract them from the actual important systems of the network. Implementing multiple honeypots as a honeynet, the systems can be used to emulate or simulate a whole Industrial Control System. This paper describes a network of honeypots emulating HTTP, SNMP, S7communication and the Modbus protocol using Conpot, IMUNES and SNAP7. The nodes mimic SIMATIC S7 programmable logic controllers (PLCs) which are widely used across the globe. The deployed honeypots' features will be compared with the features of real SIMATIC S7 PLCs. Furthermore, the honeynet has been made publicly available for ten days and occurring cyberattacks have been analyzed

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Author:Marko Schuba, Hans-Wilhelm Höfken, Sophie Linzbach
Parent Title (English):2021 International Conference on Electrical, Computer and Energy Technologies (ICECET)
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Completion:2022
Date of the Publication (Server):2022/06/21
Tag:Conpot; ICS; cybersecurity; honeynet; honeypot
Length:6 Seiten
2021 International Conference on Electrical, Computer and Energy Technologies (ICECET). 09-10 December 2021. Cape Town, South Africa.
Institutes:FH Aachen / Fachbereich Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
FH Aachen / ECSM European Center for Sustainable Mobility