ICS Cybersecurity - You Cannot Secure What You Cannot See
- June 1, 2016
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With smarter, integrated automation comes a difficult challenge that has repercussions from the boardroom to manufacturing operations: ICS cybersecurity. It is generally well understood that you cannot secure what you cannot see. That is why accurate, up-to-date visibility of the system inventory is a key element of any cybersecurity solution. The truth is most ICS inventories reflect only non-proprietary, IT-based assets, which are roughly 20 percent of the cyber assets required for a comprehensive ICS cybersecurity program. The remaining 80 percent are proprietary, OT-based assets that make retrieving inventory data difficult as there are no common sets of protocols, such as WMI or SNMP, available. In a growing threat landscape, insufficient control system security is no longer tenable. If you’re not gathering a comprehensive ICS asset inventory because you cannot secure what you cannot see, the cyber risks are real despite all other cybersecurity safeguards.