PROTECTING INDUSTRIAL CONTROL SYSTEMS AND SCADA NETWORKS

January 18, 2019

Starting with the Industrial Revolution in 18th-Century Manchester, the manufacturing industry has typically undergone a revolution every hundred years. In an age of ever increasing technological advancement, though, times are changing at a faster pace, as we see the era of controller-based automation gradually replaced by the ‘Smart Factory’, otherwise known as Industry 4.0 or Smart Grid in the Energy market. While this progress aims to streamline manufacturing processes, these changes also bring new cyber risks and threats to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) that are vulnerable from exploits that are now freely available on the Internet. The vulnerabilities vary from basic issues like systems without passwords or with hard-coded passwords to configuration issues, software bugs and hardware vulnerabilities. Once an attacker is able to run software on a host that has access to a controller, the likelihood of a successful attack is very high.

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CNS helps UK organisations reduce the risk of cyber attack and achieve greater certainty and control of information security systems, processes and compliance. Our clients trust our independent, practical advice, managed services and UK data sovereignty to reduce the complexity and cost of managing risk. CNS is a government accredited managed security services provider (MSSP) – our investment in this infrastructure gives our clients fast, easy, cost effective access to the latest threat intelligence in context for their business. Our consultants combine this insight with a deep understanding of the latest regulatory requirements, advanced testing techniques and technology best practice to give pragmatic recommendations on the most effective ways to respond to threats and secure your data.

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