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Industrial Cybersecurity

By : Pascal Ackerman
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Industrial Cybersecurity

By: Pascal Ackerman

Overview of this book

With industries expanding, cyber attacks have increased significantly. Understanding your control system’s vulnerabilities and learning techniques to defend critical infrastructure systems from cyber threats is increasingly important. With the help of real-world use cases, this book will teach you the methodologies and security measures necessary to protect critical infrastructure systems and will get you up to speed with identifying unique challenges.Industrial cybersecurity begins by introducing Industrial Control System (ICS) technology, including ICS architectures, communication media, and protocols. This is followed by a presentation on ICS (in) security. After presenting an ICS-related attack scenario, securing of the ICS is discussed, including topics such as network segmentation, defense-in-depth strategies, and protective solutions. Along with practical examples for protecting industrial control systems, this book details security assessments, risk management, and security program development. It also covers essential cybersecurity aspects, such as threat detection and access management. Topics related to endpoint hardening such as monitoring, updating, and anti-malware implementations are also discussed.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

Other attack scenarios

The scenario described in this chapter is considered a target attack or, depending on the circumstances, an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT). These kinds of attacks take a skilled and highly motivated group or individual to pull off successfully. Targeted attacks such as these are relatively rare. More often, a network will be breached because of a large malware campaign, (spear) phishing attack, drive-by malware download, or some form of introducing malicious code into the environment by means of an infected thumb drive or laptop. Once the network is breached, the attacker may stumble upon the ICS network hiding in subnets of the breached network and decide to cause havoc, ignore it, or sell the illicitly obtained access on the dark web, at which point, a more targeted attacker can buy themselves a easy way in.

The malware installed by drive-by download attacks or a malware phishing campaign can vary from adware, spyware, and Trojans to the more terrifying specimens...