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Industrial Cybersecurity - Second Edition

By : Pascal Ackerman
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Industrial Cybersecurity - Second Edition

By: Pascal Ackerman

Overview of this book

With Industrial Control Systems (ICS) expanding into traditional IT space and even into the cloud, the attack surface of ICS environments has increased significantly, making it crucial to recognize your ICS vulnerabilities and implement advanced techniques for monitoring and defending against rapidly evolving cyber threats to critical infrastructure. This second edition covers the updated Industrial Demilitarized Zone (IDMZ) architecture and shows you how to implement, verify, and monitor a holistic security program for your ICS environment. You'll begin by learning how to design security-oriented architecture that allows you to implement the tools, techniques, and activities covered in this book effectively and easily. You'll get to grips with the monitoring, tracking, and trending (visualizing) and procedures of ICS cybersecurity risks as well as understand the overall security program and posture/hygiene of the ICS environment. The book then introduces you to threat hunting principles, tools, and techniques to help you identify malicious activity successfully. Finally, you'll work with incident response and incident recovery tools and techniques in an ICS environment. By the end of this book, you'll have gained a solid understanding of industrial cybersecurity monitoring, assessments, incident response activities, as well as threat hunting.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
Section 1: ICS Cybersecurity Fundamentals
Section 2:Industrial Cybersecurity – Security Monitoring
Section 3:Industrial Cybersecurity – Threat Hunting
Section 4:Industrial Cybersecurity – Security Assessments and Intel
Chapter 15: Industrial Control System Risk Assessments
Section 5:Industrial Cybersecurity – Incident Response for the ICS Environment

Putting it all together – introducing SIEM systems

Hinted at a few times throughout this chapter and referred to several times in previous chapters, a SIEM system is an invaluable tool in any security monitoring effort. It allows us to store a large variety of event logs for all kinds of devices—and device makes, models, and vendors—in a format that allows easy correlation, which in turn allows us to find, alert, and visualize security incidents that span multiple systems or are otherwise hard to discover without the support of a correlation engine. Some examples of SIEM solutions include Splunk (, AlienVault OSSIM (, LogRhythm (, Blumira (, and the Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana (ELK) stack (

SIEM will be explained in detail in Chapter 9, Visualizing, Correlating, and Alerting. We will also look...