Top 5 ICS Pulse Articles: March 2024

Courtesy of Brett Sayles

Industrial Cybersecurity Pulse’s top 5 articles from March 2024 covered some of our major topics, in both written and podcast form: connecting information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), regulating artificial intelligence (AI) and a recently uncovered malware that targets OT systems. Here is our top-performing content from the past month.

1. Podcast Ep. 43: Xavier Mesrobian on connecting OT and IT

By Gary Cohen and Tyler Wall, CFE Media and Technology

IT/OT convergence has been a major topic of conversation amongst cybersecurity practitioners. For some, connecting IT and OT seems to be the next Industrial Revolution, or Industry 5.0. In this podcast, we talked to Xavier Mesrobian of Skkynet about the benefits of connecting OT to IT and how to best connect them. Sponsored by: Skkynet

2. 8 steps to defend against foreign and hidden threats in industrial operations

By Dino Busalachi, Velta Technology

Recent announcements of federal agencies obtaining warrants to breach private industry networks represent an unsettling shift in cybersecurity tactics. The goal is to root out sophisticated malware and other foreign attacks against vulnerabilities in OT infrastructure supporting critical manufacturing, energy, transportation and other industrial operations. OT networks on plant floors have unique cyber risks compared to traditional IT systems.

3. Podcast Ep. 44: Lesley Carhart on the regulations of AI in cybersecurity

By Gary Cohen and Tyler Wall, CFE Media and Technology

There have been a lot of questions surrounding artificial intelligence and how it will be regulated moving forward. In this edition of the ICS Pulse podcast, we talked to Lesley Carhart of Dragos about these implications, as well as some exclusive research on AI in cybersecurity from CFE Media and Technology.

4. The cybersecurity challenges of legacy OT and how to manage them

By Younes Rahidi, Hedgehog Technologies

In today’s rapidly evolving industrial landscape, the convergence of OT with IT has ushered in unprecedented efficiencies and opportunities across various sectors. This integration enables real-time data analysis, predictive maintenance and enhanced decision-making, revolutionizing industrial operations. However, amid these advancements lie significant cybersecurity challenges.

5. Malware Profile: VOLTZITE targets industrial organizations

By Gary Cohen, CFE Media and Technology

For years, the basic precept in cybersecurity was that threat actors primarily targeted IT systems. The idea was that thanks to air gapping and complexity, OT was generally safe. It takes specific knowledge to understand how to hit a programmable logic controller (PLC) or water/wastewater plant. However, in their recent year in review report, Dragos identified a new threat group, VOLTZITE, that has been targeting industrial organizations since 2021.




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