On March 15, 2018, we all learned that the long-discussed cyber-attack on industrial control systems (ICS) had actually happened. Of course, many attacks on ICSs have happened before. But this one-with the backing of a nation-state-is the one that has been most feared.
First, the good news: An increasing number of manufacturers are awakening to the threat of cybersecurity. This is a pretty big deal considering that, just a few years ago, most manufacturers outside of critical industries did not perceive themselves to be a potential target for cybersecurity attacks.
They say that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Some of the studies that have been coming out lately with regard to industrial cybersecurity seem to be geared primarily toward discovering perceptions. But if the perception is that there's a problem, chances are that industry is more likely to take the steps necessary to do something about it.
As global cybercrime increases, governments and businesses are struggling to keep up with the threats they are facing. Because of the changing and innovative methods of attack being used against them, it is of the utmost importance that they constantly refine their knowledge of the particular enemies they face.