How can critical infrastructure be protected from cyber-attacks?
Threats to critical infrastructure
Today there are various threats to worry about. Infrastructure owners risk becoming a selected target
Hacking, malware and viruses have now been around for several decades. Why is it that these just recently pose a real threat to industrial infrastructure?
Traditionally, security risks to such systems have been mitigated through maintaining an “air-gap” from other computer systems. Increased digitalization and modernization of the control systems has benefits such as safer, more reliable and efficient operations. Smart grids and automation allowing robots to take over harmful tasks are good examples. The price to pay however is increased vulnerability:
How to protect critical infrastructure from cyberattacks
There are several standards designed specifically to help industrial infrastructure owners manage cyber risk:
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