The rising number of media headlines reporting cybersecurity threats make it clear that cyberattacks are top-of-mind for industry and the public. The scale and reach of cyberattacks affecting public and private sector organisations and individuals is unprecedented, and they can disable operations from a variety of process-intensive and manufacturing industries. Not only is the rate of attacks increasing, but the methods used by malicious actors are rapidly evolving as well, with mission-critical public infrastructure being a primary target.
With this in mind, owners and operators of critical infrastructure need to ensure that the right security measures are put in place. These measures need to be continuously maintained and modified as cyberthreats evolve and diversify.
One solution is to take advantage of secure hosted infrastructure in combination with a trusted security technology partner to quickly bridge the gap in cybersecurity. This alternative approach allows organisations to focus on new and cutting-edge technologies by taking advantage of the transformative benefits of cloud computing without high upfront capital expenditure.
In a world where the variety and frequency of threats exceeds the speed at which public utilities can respond, an alternative approach to addressing threats should be considered.
This paper examines the challenges faced by those who manage control systems on mission-critical infrastructure, and discusses solutions that address these challenges.