The security world continues its fight against potential widespread exploitation of the critical remote code execution vulnerability - tracked as CVE-2021-44229 - in Apache's Log4j software library, versions 2.0-beta9 to 2.14.1, known as "Log4Shell" and "Logjam." This is a digest of ISMG's updates.
Cybersecurity experts worry about attacks and ransomware directed at the 70,000 water and wastewater facilities in the U.S. In November 2020, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District was infected with Ryuk ransomware. Fortunately, its operational technology systems were unaffected, and it recovered.
There is a safer and potentially more profitable way to
conduct business along the manufacturing enterprise –
and the funny thing is it has been here all the time.
By applying API RP 754 and extending it with edge
analytics, it is possible for manufacturers to create a process safety
Digital transformation is well established in the business IT space, but it’s a different story for industrial process
control. Because reliability and safety are so critical to industries like oil and gas, these industries are more
cautious about adopting the newest technologies.
But what are the best ways to...
Securing operational technology (OT) systems for critical
infrastructure requires identifying and tracking a complete inventory
of all OT and IT endpoints. Only with a comprehensive inventory
that includes configuration data can companies protect against
unauthorized change, achieve compliance, mitigate risk...
CISOs need to be open to ideas and suggestions from their peers and other functions and exhibit thought leadership to establish collective defense thinking in fighting threats, says Steven Sim Kok Leong, president of ISACA, Singapore chapter and chair of OT-ISAC Executive Committee.
Congress has passed the $1.2 trillion physical infrastructure bill, which will inject $1.9 billion in new cybersecurity funding for the federal government. The bill, long held up in Congress, passed the House on Friday and moves to the desk of President Joe Biden, who plans to sign the measure into law.
While doing digital transformation, CISOs tend to look more at technology and try to adapt it without making the distinction between technologies that are must-have and good to have. Krishnamurthy Rajesh of ICRA says CISOs must analyze risks, update security, and change the mindset of employees.
Findings from CyberTheory's 2021 Third Quarter Review indicate that criminals are exploiting the open-source supply chain, and those exploits are proving much more difficult to identify, defend and stop in terms of complexity and depth than we've seen before, says CyberTheory's director, Steve King.
The World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Risk Report ranked cyberattacks causing disruption to operations and critical infrastructure among the top five increasing global risks. Accenture estimates that the number of cyberattacks has gone up by 67% in the last five years.
The increasing digital connectivity of...
To reduce risk, security and risk management leaders should eliminate IT and OT silos by creating a single digital security and risk management function. This function should report into IT but should have responsibility for all IT and OT security.
Integrating operational technology (OT) threat monitoring into...
Ransomware threats are now a board-level topic of conversation. All organizations with OT systems need to understand how these attacks are conducted and how to defend against them.
A key industry trend is that vulnerabilities solely affecting the Critical Manufacturing sector rose by 148%. This poses an additional...
The OT security world continues to change to meet new challenges and threats. The 2021 SANS OT/ICS Cybersecurity survey explores how OT defenders across all industries are meeting these challenges and looks to areas where new emphasis can be placed to defend our critical infrastructure as we move forward.
U.S. federal agencies issued a joint advisory around potential cyber threats to the nation's water facilities. They cite "ongoing malicious cyber activity - by both known and unknown actors - targeting the IT and OT technology networks, systems and devices" of U.S. water and wastewater systems.