Remote control cyber attacks on industrial sites and critical infrastructure are no longer a hypothetical threat. When malicious attackers gain access to an industrial control system they are able to sabotage industrial control and safety processes, leading to costly outages, damaged equipment, threats to personnel safety and even environmental disasters.
More specifically, the threat of targeted ransomware is a grave concern for industrial sites. A targeted attack is one where a remote attacker penetrates a target network and strategically plants malware to cause maximum disruption by encrypting the most important files and machines.
Unlike IT networks, when industrial operations are affected, there is no restoring “from backup” of lost production or of equipment damaged by emergency shutdown procedures.
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