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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

Down to it – Physical security

Let's get back to the task at hand for this chapter: applying physical security. Physical security encompasses the security controls that prevent or restrict physical access to the devices, systems and the environment of an ICS. This activity should be an all-inclusive exercise, where every approach angle to the premises gets covered. It should include recommended physical IT security best practices as well as controls aimed at ICS environments. The following are general recommendations to cover physical security for an Industrial control system, the facility it is in, and the surrounding area:

  • Location, location, location: Choosing the right location for the ICS facility is of utmost importance. One wants to stay clear of known earthquake fault lines and away from hurricane areas. You should also choose your neighbors wisely. Prisons, airports, or chemical plants can cause unexpected disturbances.
  • Engineer landscaping with security in mind: Overgrown trees,...