ICS Vulnerabilities - Staying Vigilant!
- Apr 29, 2020 3:37 pm GMT
This item is part of the Cybersecurity for Utilities - Spring 2020 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more
Asset stakeholders need to review the cybersecurity posture of their facilities, and immediate attention should be given to assessing security for Industrial Control Systems (ICS). Traditionally, ICS were isolated systems used to control and manage industrial assets, machinery and systems. However, that is changing as we enter the age of Fourth Industrial Revolution or the Industry 4.0 era. The convergence of Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) impacts the security of ICS and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. As the air gap is removed, the systems are exposed to an expanding threat landscape; they become targets for hackers involved in terrorism, cyber warfare, and espionage. Vulnerabilities that come embedded into the ICS components have much more exposure to known and unknown cyber threats.
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