Ignoring Cyber Risk is Dangerous to Society and Your Bottom Line

To anyone working in cybersecurity, it is not news that just about every critical infrastructure industry is significantly behind on their path toward cybersecurity maturity. There continues to be a fundamental friction between the estimation of cyber risk and the short-term thinking of today’s quarterly budgetary decisions.

The Biggest Roadblocks to Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

There are several considerable roadblocks to safe and secure digital transformations efforts in manufacturing, or any industrial application where safety, security and reliability are paramount. At a high-level these areas include: Cybersecurity, Data Integration, and IT/OT interoperability and Integration.

IT/OT Convergence: Reducing Cyber Exposure of Legacy Assets

In July 2020, the National Security Agency (NSA) and Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a joint cybersecurity advisory recommending “Immediate Actions to Reduce Exposure Across all Operational Technologies and Control Systems.” The advisory emphasized “cyber actors have demonstrated their continued willingness to conduct malicious cyber activity against Critical Infrastructure (CI) by exploiting Internet-accessible […]

Serial to Ethernet Converters: How Widely Used Industrial Devices are Providing Malicious Threat Actors with a Gateway to Cyber-Physical Assets

In industrial automation, Serial to Ethernet Converters/Gateways and Serial Device Servers are a long-established and widely used method for enabling remote communications and monitoring of devices that only support serial interfaces such as RS-232, RS-485, and RS-422 to name a few. The devices are typically used to convert serial to ethernet protocols (and vice versa) […]

The Security Gap that ICS Cybersecurity Companies Refuse to Talk About

Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure’s Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are still on the rise due, for the most part, to the increase in cybercrime and geopolitical tensions – tensions that ironically were fueled by a barrage of cyber campaigns focused on compromising essential services over the past decade.  Exacerbating the problem is the rate at […]