Length: 5 days
CEU Credits: 3.5


This course will provide I&C personnel with a basic understanding of IT concepts and technology including Ethernet networking, switches, routers, servers, PCs, and firewalls, as well as wireless Ethernet networks and TCP/IP communications. The student will learn how to configure them and how cyber security is applied to protect them.

Upon completion of this course, individuals will have a familiarity with basic IT concepts and technology which will enable them to effectively collaborate and communicate with IT personnel and perform basic IT functions essential in a modern plant and with modern control systems technology.

You will be able to:

  • Configure a switch for VLANs, Quality of Service
  • Explain typical basic settings found in modern switches
  • Configure a basic firewall rule set for plant applications
  • Select the appropriate settings for ‘hardening’ a PC
  • Configure the security settings for Wireless Ethernet
  • Configure IP and Ethernet addresses and subnet masks
  • Perform a security scan of a computer
  • Configure a fault-tolerant switched LAN

You will cover:

  • Ethernet communications
  • Ethernet switch technology and configuration
  • Setting up VLAN and QoS configurations
  • ARP and DHCP protocols that make Ethernet LANs work
  • IPv4 addressing and subnet configuration
  • TCP and UDP port numbers
  • TCP and UDP protocols and message delivery
  • Ethernet-based Industrial Protocol standards
  • Insecure legacy Microsoft networking functions
  • Microsoft Active Directory in a plant environment
  • Firewalls and how they can be applied in a plant environment
  • Controlling communications with routers in a plant environment
  • Vulnerability scanning and tools
  • IEEE 802.11 WLANs and wireless security configuration
  • Defense-in-depth architectures
  • Network intrusion detection technology for the plant
  • Secure use of portable devices and media
  • Hardening of PCs and servers
  • Virtual computers, servers, and networks
  • Patching, updating and maintaining security
  • Remote access to plant systems

Lab and Classroom Exercises:

  • Using Wireshark to “sniff” and analyze Ethernet traffic
  • Configuring a DHCP server
  • Configure IP addresses and subnet masks on PCs
  • Configuring a VLAN using switches
  • Configuring a fault-tolerant Ethernet ring
  • Setting up a wireless router with security
  • Configuring a network monitor
  • Hardening a Windows PC configuration
  • Using a vulnerability scanner
  • Using Virtualization technology

Who should attend?

  • I&C Technicians
  • Control system engineers
  • I&C Managers
  • I&C Maintenance personnel

Recommended course prerequisites

  • General familiarity with PCs and Windows OS
  • Basic DC electronic/electrical circuit knowledge


Not sure this particular course is for you?

A 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.


Dates: calendar

Length : 5 days

Cost for ISA members: € 2.950,- (non-ISA members pay € 3.750,- ; ISA membership: € 120,-)
Prices are inclusive Certicate of Completion, all catering and the printed ISA-99 standard with a value of about $ 400,- , prices are exclusive VAT (The Netherlands) or VAT will be transferred (other European Countries).