Headlines have repeatedly declared the danger of incursions into U.S. critical infrastructure such as what occurred in Oldsmar, Florida when an unknown hacker or group of hackers was able to gain access to the operations technology (OT) system of a water treatment plant.
Combine this with the Colonial Pipeline incident and the attack on a major meat supplier, it can seem like the US is under a coordinated cyberattack from some other nation-state. That is mostly likely not the case but is still of grave concern. Our recently published white paper on challenges with cybersecurity in and on critical infrastructure highlights some key points. For example, a recent survey shows that CI companies not experiencing a cyberattack have declined dramatically in one year from 26% to 8%. And those experiencing damage from malware intrusions increased to 77%.
Read our paper to get an insight on a few of the vectors that attackers use such as unauthorized access to remote access programs and exploiting situations where employees share the same password to access internet facing applications that also connect to the plant’s operational technology. We discuss how cybersecurity is still lagging in the critical infrastructure sector, and contrasts IT and OT networks. Finally, we provide a quick overview of some Best Practices almost anyone can implement in their IT/OT environment. So happy reading and reach out with questions.
We’re standing by to talk to you at https://www.intrusion.com