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The National Institute of Standards and Technology will host a Cybersecurity for Cyber-Physical Systems workshop on April 23 and 24 at the agency’s Gaithersburg, Md., campus.

Cyber-physical systems are complex hybrids of something physical, the equipment in an advanced factory producing semiconductors, for example, and the networked computers that control the equipment. By designing the equipment and computers as a single system—a cyber-physical system—levels of performance and agility can be achieved that far exceed those in conventional designs, the agency said. They sometimes are called SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems or industrial control systems (ICS).

The workshop is designed for engineers and IT security specialists interested in the cyber side of these systems. Speakers from the automotive and health care industries will discuss the challenges they face while trying to deploy these with built-in cybersecurity, and the solutions they are using.