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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

Attacks, objectives, and consequences

If you remember from the kill chain discussion in the previous chapter, most ICS networks are not directly connected to the internet. For that reason, most ICS attacks can be divided into two stages:

  • Stage 1 involves gaining access to the ICS network by all means possible, with the objective of starting stage 2 of the attack. Stage 1 activities include getting a foothold into the business or enterprise network of an organization and from there finding a pivot point to jump to the ICS network. The objective of stage 1 in an ICS cyber attack will almost always be to get into the ICS network
  • Stage 2 starts the ICS exploitation part of the attack, where activities necessary to achieve the stage 2 objectives are carried out. Typical stage 2 activities include securing of access to the ICS network,  probing and mapping of the ICS network, creating of backdoors in ICS devices and applications and exfiltration of data. The objective of stage 2 of an ICS cyber...