Class 607 Week 5
Class 607 Week 5
The local power plant we analyzed based on the knowledge garnered from the red team handbook by TRADOC G2 Operational Environment Enterprise (2015) is Harbor Generating Station (HGS). Following the analysis, we identified three vulnerabilities that jumped out at us one of which includes regulatory and compliance concerns regarding environmental protection. The cumulative emission of particulate matter, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, regeneration wastes, and other pollutants from HGS will increase, raising concerns about the plant’s compliance with environmental protection regulations. The second is the use of technology in observing effluent limitations. HGS must meet technology-based numeric effluent limitations established for cooling tower blowdown under the effluent limitation guidelines. These standards necessitate HGS to enhance its technologies to meet them adequately. The third vulnerability is the absence of physical tamper detection controls aimed at shielding HGS’s transmission systems and towers, control centers, transformers, and fuel delivery systems from tamper.
Based on our analysis, the aspects of HGS’s operations that we might seek to exploit are automation errors by maintenance and control room workers. We would target these because they can allow for easier access to information and generate large amounts of money for adversaries. HGS’s operators can improve their current security posture by augmenting surveillance, restructuring procedures and systems for error detection and avoidance, and implementing better training for error detection and rectification. In gathering our results, the process we used aligned with the three steps provided by the red teaming text. The first step entailed putting ourselves in potential adversaries’ circumstances and reacting to external stimuli as if they were real-life situations. The second involved developing some first-person questions that potential adversaries would ask concerning the circumstances. The last step involved developing action decisions and recommendations.
TRADOC G2 Operational Environment Enterprise (2015). The applied critical thinking handbook Vol. 7.0. Leavenworth, Kansas. University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies.