THE CYBERSECURITY CHALLENGES IN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Almost 40% of industrial control systems and critical infrastructure systems faced a cyber attack at some point in the second half of last year. In addition to being difficult to update and patch, these systems face other unique challenges when it comes to security.
Some of the reasons critical infrastructure systems are particularly vulnerable to attacks are
The replacement of traditional controllers of control systemswith attack-prone operating systems and microprocessors
Adoption of internet-connected technologies
Use of commercial off-the-shelf hardware, which has widely-available designs and standards