Those responsible for the operation and safety of manufacturing facilities are inundated with questions and concerns regarding the security of these assets from board members, executives, auditors, and others. Reports and studies have been released stating that the threat to critical infrastructure is ever increasing, while the ability to identify experienced industrial control system/distributed control system (ICS/DCS) cybersecurity personnel grows more and more difficult.
It is no longer acceptable to think “my facilities are not a target” and not to implement controls that provide continuous protection. Therefore, implementing an effective industrial cybersecurity program has become standard business practice. However, doing this in a cost-effective manner against competing priorities is a significant challenge.
By Mark Littlejohn
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