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Top 5 ICS Pulse Articles: April 2023

Image courtesy: Brett Sayles
Image courtesy: Brett Sayles

Industrial Cybersecurity Pulse’s top 5 articles from April 2023 covered the Biden administration’s new National Cybersecurity Strategy, the value of cyber simulation training and the risks of rampant connectivity. Here is our top-performing content from the past month.

1. Podcast Ep. 22: Jesus Molina on the Biden National Cyber Strategy

By Gary Cohen and Tyler Wall, CFE Media and Technology

The Biden-Harris administration recently released their National Cybersecurity Strategy, laying out a roadmap for the nation’s future digital safety. It’s an aggressive plan that attempts to set minimum cybersecurity standards and shifts responsibility to giant tech companies, but how effective will it be? Dr. Jesus Molina of Waterfall Security joined the podcast to discuss the new policy’s impact on critical infrastructure and the increasing physical consequences of cyberattacks.

2. Podcast Ep. 23: Debbie Gordon on Cyber Simulation Training

By Gary Cohen and Tyler Wall, CFE Media and Technology

Organizations spend countless dollars and man hours hardening their systems against cyberattacks, but it’s also essential to train employees to identify threats. Social engineering attacks like phishing are on the rise, and many attacks begin with a well-meaning employee clicking a bad link. Debbie Gordon of Cloud Range joined the podcast to discuss why employees play a vital role in keeping companies cyber safe.

3. How to implement industrial-grade cybersecurity

By Steve Rawlins, Emerson

Industrial automation platforms are now being tasked with significant industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data aggregation and analytical functions. Every device is becoming smarter and more interconnected, and the available data is valuable — but it must be available where and when it is necessary. To realize maximum value, seamless and transparent connectivity is needed from the plant floor to the cloud. The internet and higher-level enterprise computing resources are instrumental in transmitting and processing data. However, increasing capability and connectivity generate greater cybersecurity concerns.

4. The risks of connectivity: Expert Interview Series, Moty Kanias, Nanolock

By Gary Cohen, CFE Media and Technology

In the last decade, there has been a lot of talk about oncoming digital transformation and industry 4.0 — but in reality, it’s already here. We’re living in a technology-driven era with pervasive connectivity in everything from our homes to the factory floor. While this highly networked existence has streamlined many work processes and made our collective lives more convenient, it has also opened up a host of new vulnerabilities. This is especially the case when it comes to operational technology (OT) and older legacy systems. Is this all sustainable or are we heading for cyber chaos? We asked Moty Kanias, VP of cyber strategy and alliances at NanoLock.

5. Throwback Attack: The slammer worm hits Davis-Besse nuclear plant

By Tyler Wall, CFE Media and Technology

The year was 2003. The cybersecurity landscape was quickly evolving, with the recent creation of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the birth of the hacking group Anonymous. Amidst these developments, the Slammer worm emerged as a major cybersecurity threat that left a significant impact on the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio. The cyberattack on this facility served as a wake-up call for the nuclear industry and brought attention to the importance of securing critical infrastructure from cyber threats.




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