Cybersecurity for Industrial Control System Network

Contributed by Mark Lewis

Industrial control systems (ICS) help run a large part of our nation’s critical infrastructure and industrial processes. The compromise of ICSs can have substantial negative impacts on our nation’s security, health, environment, and economy. Although we have been using ICSs in industrial processes for decades, securing these systems has become more important than ever. Over the past several years we have seen increases in both the number and sophistication of cyberattacks on industrial systems. In large part this can be attributed to the fact that many organizations have been increasingly connecting their ICS networks to their corporate networks, opening new doors for attackers to get in. This paper will explore the importance of protecting ICS networks and some best practices for connecting ICS networks to less secure corporate networks.

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