GE CYBER SECURITY
One of the biggest concerns in our industry today is cyber security.
After the wide-scale Wannacry attacks in 2017 that crippled numerous multi-national corporations and manufacturers, people are looking for a secure control system they can trust. Companies with aging infrastructure see security threats as the most important reason to upgrade their systems. With the most secure hardware in the industry, all new GE controllers are now equipped with Trusted Platform Module, secure firmware, and Achilles Level 2 certification, making them the most secure controllers available.
If you thought your industrial control system wasn’t included in the modern day wave of cyber-attacks, think again. During security assessments of 40 global power sites, the GE Security Assessment Team found some interesting facts:
If any of these sound familiar, read on. It wasn’t too long ago that control systems were “exempt” from attacks from hackers and viruses. However, in today’s age of mass connectivity, our industrial control systems are very vulnerable. In fact, in 2015 (yes, it’s been going on that long!), the Department of Homeland Security responded to 295 incidents that could have been mitigated with basic security controls.
Upgrade strategies used to be focused around the life cycle of a product, availability of spare parts, performance, and support. However, that has quickly changed to security and vulnerability. During a recent site visit, a customer was sure that their control system was secure and “invisible” to the outside world. However, it didn’t take long to discover that…
What to do? A security assessment is a quick and easy way to identify the vulnerabilities of your industrial control system. First outlining the vulnerabilities and then identifying the effects/ramifications of those vulnerabilities is a good start. With that, you are able to design and implement a robust cyber security program for you industrial control system.