Industrial Safety

Cybersecurity: The ever-changing threat

Cybersecurity experts weigh in on the enemies of process safety.

By Steve Diogo

More than 300,000 new malware programs are released onto the Internet every day. There were 245 reported industrial control system (ICS) attacks in the United States in 2014 (emphasis on "reported"), according to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center; 79 of these involved the energy sector, and 65 targeted critical manufacturing. Every day, cybersecurity incidents create consequences for industry including damages to profitability, productivity, company reputation and safety.

"But the problem with facts like this is that they are already out of date," said Joshua Carlson, systems cybersecurity manager, Schneider Electric. "The best that we can ever hope for when it comes to cybersecurity threats is to be totally on top of what we knew yesterday. The threats are always changing."

To learn more about cybersecurity, read “Shutting down the enemies of safety and security” from Control.

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