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A Solution to the Complex Challenges Faced by Utility OT/ICS Networks

by Brandon Workentin

Protecting our electric grid from the growing number of cyberthreats is critical to keep society functioning. Most utility industrial control systems (ICS) were originally designed using local area networks (LAN) that weren’t connected to any Internet-facing devices. Although this didn't guarantee complete security, it did create an “air gap” by physically separating the devices from other Internet-connected devices. Now, the demand for increased efficiency and remote monitoring capabilities has required these once isolated networks to be integrated with other Internet-facing networks. These new smart grid technologies expose these networks to a growing number of malicious actors targeting ICS for financial gain or nation-state objectives.

Discovering and Defending Against Vulnerabilities in Building Automation Systems (BAS)

by Dr. Daniel dos Santos

As discussed in previous posts on our blog, securing building automation systems (BAS) has been an active area of research at SecurityMatters (now Forescout) for the past couple of years.

The NIS Directive: What It Means and How You Can Prepare for It

by Tom Nuth

The NIS Directive is the first piece of European-wide legislation on cybersecurity. However, before you judge this comprehensive legal guideline as something that is only relevant to companies and organizations in Europe – think again.

Helping NIST’s NCCoE Advance Cybersecurity for Manufacturing ICS Networks

by Erin Anderson

Driven by the need to increase productivity and reduce costs, today’s manufacturing companies are continuously advancing automation on the plant floor. This fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, has exposed once siloed OT networks to the same types of risks faced by IT networks and campus environments. To help manufacturers overcome these increased risks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has spearheaded the creation of a new report specifically meant to support the manufacturing sector in their efforts to improve their overall cybersecurity posture.

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