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An Emerging Approach to Industrial Cybersecurity

Posted by Matthew Doan on May 26, 2015

Electronic_Lock.jpgStuxnet, one of the world’s most infamous cyber incidents, demonstrated how a cyber attack could cause physical damage to an industrial environment, in this case, nuclear centrifuges. More recently, a 2014 cyber attack on a German steel mill, in which a blast furnace caused heavy damage, further demonstrated the manufacturing environment’s inherently vulnerable construct.

For most organizations, the primary security objective is to protect the confidentiality of information from prying eyes. For industrial organizations, however, there are different priorities, especially ensuring uptime and the integrity of the manufacturing environment.

Given this wider lens, bringing cybersecurity to the manufacturing environment is more of a transformative task than an incremental change. Part of the challenge is that Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT), despite their continued points of crossover, are more different than alike.

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