[ISN] Poor SCADA security will keep attackers and researchers busy in 2013

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2012 04:23:28 -0600 (CST)

By Lucian Constantin
IDG News Service
December 21, 2012

An increasing number of vulnerability researchers will focus their 
attention on industrial control systems (ICS) in the year to come, but 
so will cyberattackers, security experts believe.

Control systems are made up of supervisory software running on dedicated 
workstations or servers and computer-like programmable hardware devices 
that are connected to and control electromechanical processes. These 
systems are used to monitor and control a variety of operations in 
industrial facilities, military installations, power grids, water 
distribution systems and even public and private buildings.

Some are used in critical infrastructure -- the systems that large 
populations depend on for electricity, clean water, transport, etc. -- 
so their potential sabotage could have far-reaching consequences. 
Others, however, are relevant only to their owners' businesses and their 
malfunction would not have widespread impact.

The security of SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and 
other types of industrial control systems has been a topic of much 
debate in the IT security industry since the Stuxnet malware was 
discovered in 2010.


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