Category Archives: Cybersecurity

Managing the Security Issues & Risks of Industrial IoT

To many people, the Internet of Things (IoT) seems like a new concept. They run around with the idea that IoT is a recent collection of Wi-Fi-enabled Internet-accessible gadgets, from coffee makers, soda machines and refrigerators to Google Glass and FitBits®. Though these are fun toys with some usefulness, most deliver limited utility. These devices are placed on the Internet…
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Four most hard to solve IIoT security issues

According to a forecast by Gartner, the number of IoT devices in use will reach 8.4 billion in 2017 and grow to a staggering 20.4 billion by 2020, and the market opportunity for IoT will reach US$2 trillion by 2017. With the proliferation of IoT devices and technologies in the commercial and industrial sectors, we…
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6 Tips to Protect Your Network From Malware Attacks

Malware attacks exploiting unprotected businesses can go undetected for months. Discover six ways in which you can future proof your network. “There’s a concerning trend in these supply-chain attacks,” says Craig Williams, the head of Cisco’s Talos team. “Attackers are realizing that if they find these soft targets, companies without a lot of security practices, they…
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Size and complexity are the enemies of cybersecurity

In cybersecurity we are always faced with the chance that our system harbors some, unknown vulnerability, and the possibility that vulnerability will be discovered by some malicious actor who will then use it against our system, as well as other, similar systems. Cybersecurity vulnerabilities are the result of two kinds of errors or defects:design errors…
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The Value of ICS Security

Nearly every presentation I give has at least a few audience members acknowledging to me that they weren’t really conscious of their own reliance on Industrial Control Systems (ICS) in so many aspects of their daily lives.  It’s difficult to avoid awareness of the Internet of Things (IoT), of course, with popular and business media…
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A Historical Perspective on IT & OT Convergence

Hello IIoT World readers, and thanks for engaging with my column. Over the course of the next few months, I plan to write on a number of topics that are, individually, highly relevant to the IIoT Security realm.  Perhaps more importantly, many of these topics can be viewed as being all inter-related in a way that…
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IoT Devices – with greater connectivity comes greater vulnerabilities

The Internet of Things (IoT) represents an exciting period of innovation in our lives. It describes a world of devices all connected to the internet, a world in which inanimate technology that we use and see every day is becoming smarter. It also predicts a continuous journey towards greater ease and convenience, a future in…
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Industrial Espionage is a major threat to the Manufacturing Sector

Industrial espionage is nothing new. Theft of trade secrets and corporate intellectual property (IP) such as proprietary manufacturing processes, formulas, recipes, and product designs has been happening for decades. And you probably already know this if you work in industries such as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals. In fact, industrial espionage is sometimes credited for kick-starting…
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Protecting IIoT with a New Approach to Cyber Defense

Measure, monitor and monetize has long been a mantra for any industry or corporation that  wants to be successful with its products or services. This capability is finally ubiquitous thanks to technology being powerful enough and cost effective enough to measure and track everything, from a smart football to complex Industrial systems. The Internet of Things…
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Stop Downplaying Threats to Critical Infrastructure

It has been an incredibly busy three months in the world of Industrial Control Systems/Critical Infrastructure cybersecurity. A drop in the bucket for what we've become used to in the world of IT security - but incredibly noisy for this space – and an alarming precursor for what will come. Yes, we chose “will” come…
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Industrial Cyber Security: Why IT & OT collaboration is no longer an option but a necessity

Since the mid-1990s, many industrial companies have interconnected their industrial control systems (ICSs) to improve productivity, maintenance, and safety in the operational environment. Some of this interconnectivity was to  the Internet.  While, this connectivity helped to improved the efficiency, security was at best a minimal consideration. The lack of adequate security planning has resulted in…
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Thoughts on the on-going global cyber attacks as they affect ICSs

For many years, there have been warnings about the cyber vulnerability of multiple infrastructures world-wide. Yet, those warnings are still not being adequately addressed.  In 2004, the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) provided a glimpse of what we’re seeing today with CrashOverride, etc. As a demonstration for the 2004 ICS Cyber Security Conference, the white hat…
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How will ICS cybersecurity standards be impacted by IIoT?

There has been quite a bit of discussion and speculation about the potential impact of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) on the development, deployment, and operation of industrial control systems (ICS). Predictions have ranged from “Nothing changes” to “It will turn everything that we do on its head.” As is usual in situations like…
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Securing Industrial IoT: There is no simple answer

There are lots of terms thrown around these days, such as: Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Controls Systems (ICS), Operational Technology (OT). What this means is that there are billions of interconnected consumer devices and industrial systems, not running a traditional computer operating system. This number dwarfs the number of traditional computer systems and it…
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Addressing the Threat of Ransomware

Recently there was a global ransomware cyberattack as never seen before. This single attack affected more than 200 000 computers and wreaked havoc on financial institutions, healthcare organizations and transportation to name just a few. This is the kind of attack that utilities and other critical infrastructure operators must guard against. "To put the problem…
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The Industrial Internet of Things & Network Security: A Desperate Need for Standards

Just about everything is connected: from cell phones and wearable devices to cars, refrigerators and industrial equipment. IT experts have long recognized this global connectivity will only continue to skyrocket. Connectivity adds convenience to our jobs. It is almost expected that employees will use BYOD devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets to communicate. But…
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