Monday Education

Monday, April 1, 2024

1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Room: 350 D | Speaker: Steve Romero | Training Session

Cybersecurity for Safe, Reliable, Secure Industrial Control Systems (ICS)

Connections between IT and operational technology (OT) systems are no longer air gapped, introducing the potential for hackers to penetrate industrial control systems, risking the safety and availability of critical infrastructure. Security for OT requires visibility, control, and analytics to meet safety and availability requirements. Failure to take the wide range of security issues into account when converging IT and OT, two very different networks and networking philosophies, can result in catastrophic network failures that risk critical systems and the life and well-being of workers and communities. This workshop will leverage the Purdue Model providing hands-on exercises for building a multi-layered approach for securing OT.

Participants who attend this workshop will learn how to:

  • Configure internal segmentation, exploring the next-generation firewall asset list, network topology, and network access control (NAC) visibility
  • Implement next-generation firewall access control, configuring virtual patching through IPS
  • Configure industrial protocol visibility and security and implement deception using deception


Room: 350 F | Speaker: Sam Chreiteh | Training Session

Grounding and Lightning Protection to Oil & Gas Sites – Presented by CSCG

A high-integrity grounding system is the single most effective means of assuring personnel safety, quality power distribution and reliable signal integrity. A properly installed and maintained Electrical and Lightning grounding systems minimize the risk of Electrical Hazards’ exposure to personnel and equipment during power anomalies and lightning events. This four-hour training course will examine the key elements of the Proper grounding of electrical distribution systems, Site grounding of Metallic structures and components, Communications cables shields grounding and Surge protection systems function: NEC requirements of AC and DC Systems, Single Point Grounding standards, Shield Grounding for Communications Cables, Surge Protection technology, Methods to evaluate and test grounding system and more.

  • Grounding Requirements per National Electrical Code, NFPA 70/Article 250
    • Purpose of Grounding and Bonding for Personnel Safety
    • Basic Grounding of AC Systems (50-1000VAC)
    • Grounding of Separately Derived AC Systems
    • Basic Grounding of DC Systems (60-300VDC)
  • Internal and External Grounding
    • Single Point Ground Technique for Grounding and Bonding of Communications Equipment
    • Grounding Electrode Rods – Single vs Multiple Rods
    • Electrolytic Grounding Electrode Rods
    • Ground Rings and Radials
    • Bonding of All Available Grounding Electrode Systems
    • Grounding and Bonding conductors installations
    • Bending and Bonding of Grounding Conductor
    • Compression and Exothermic Bonding
  • Shield Grounding for Communications Cables
    • Transmission Lines Shield Grounding
    • Data Lines Shield Grounding
    • Optical Fiber Cable Shield Grounding
  • AC, DC and Data Surge Protective Devices Technology and Topology
    • Primary Protection Methods
    • Secondary Protection Methods
    • RF Transmission Lines SPD
  • Earth Ground Resistance Testing and Continuity using
    • Three-point Tester or Clamp-on Meter


2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Room: 350 E | Speaker: Arlen Nipper | Training Session

Advanced MQTT Training

This course is a continuation of the 102 training held at the ENTELEC Fall Seminar and will be a hands on training session to teach not only the basic principals of MQTT and Sparkplug but advanced techniques and applications as well. Learn how these technologies apply to Oil and Gas solutions. Upon completion of this course, attendees should be equipped with the tools and experience to setup a complete MQTT infrastructure on their own and even tackle more advanced challenges.

  1. Know the components required for a complete MQTT infrastructure and how they work together.
  2. Come away with an in-depth understanding of the Sparkplug specification and how it applies to SCADA infrastructures.
  3. Be able to setup a complete, working MQTT Sparkplug infrastructure on a Raspberry Pi or laptop.


Room: 340 AB | Speaker: Thomas Schwartz | Training Session

RF Fundamentals and Radio Diagnostics

In this training will cover: 

RF Fundamentals:

  1. Overview
  2. RF terminology and units of measurement
  3. Applications and characteristics
  4. Grounding and installation
  5. Understanding and mitigating interference
  6. Troubleshooting
  7. Preventative Maintenance

Radio Basic Diagnostics:

  1. Firmware Maintenance
  2. Firewall Basics
  3. Serial Capturing/Diagnostics
  4. Network Capturing/Diagnostics
  5. Connection Tracking
  6. Communication System Baselining