Few years ago, organizations were not even aware about the cyber security threats posed to the ICS or critical infrastructures but it has now become a reality. The world has lately witnessed severe cyber attacks against the nuclear plants, water treatment systems, power generation facilities, and other critical infrastructures. Perhaps, the most popular cyber attack against the critical infrastructure was Stuxnet which targeted Iranian nuclear facility and was specifically designed to attack Siemens PLCs which were in use within the nuclear facility.
Industrial Control System (ICS) components were not designed considering various cyber security requirements and hence pose huge risk to the organization. ICS systems are required by many industry verticals, including but not limited to:
Unlike network or system security vulnerabilities, a successful cyber attack against a misconfigured or insecure industrial control system has catastrophic results. With such severe outcome from insecure ICS systems, it has attracted many anti-national or anti-social elements to launch cyber attacks against the national critical infrastructure or critical industries to cause maximum collateral damage. US ICS-CERT has released a report on the security incidents occurred in the year 2015 against the ICS systems in the US citing various affected business verticals.
Source: US ICS-CERT
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