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Alarming rise in information security attacks against industrial control systems

Idappcom has announced that it has released a second update to its malicious traffic library this month due to a marked increase in the number of attacks targeting industrial control systems. This led to a second release update to Idappcom’s traffic library this month which contained 50 attacks alone pertaining to supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

The traffic library is used in connection with Idappcom’s flagship network security assessment technology Traffic IQ Professional, to assess and enhance the capabilities of network based security defences.

According to Anthony Haywood, CTO for the network security assessment specialists, “The threat landscape is in a continual state of flux but this recent spate of attacks deliberately targeting previously unnoticed industrial systems is extremely concerning and could be an indicator of a new attack trend.”

Haywood continues, “As larger organizations have become more diligent in respect of their security, attackers attentions are being diverted to smaller more vulnerable control systems that present an easier, albeit potentially less lucrative target.”

Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), refers to industrial control systems: computer systems that monitor and control industrial, infrastructure, or facility-based processes which are considered highly critical.


•Date: 29th April 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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