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Industrial control systems: recommendations for improving security

ENISA, the EU’s cyber security agency, has issued the results of a study on industrial control systems’ (ICS) security. The report describes the current situation concerning ICS security and makes recommendations for improving it.

ENISA has worked with various stakeholders to develop the report, including ICS security tools and services providers, ICS software/hardware manufacturers, infrastructure operators, public bodies, standardisation bodies, academia and R&D.

The report proposes seven practical recommendations for public and private sector organizations. These call for the creation of national and pan-European ICS security strategies; the development of a Good Practice Guide on ICS security; and the establishment of a common test bed and ICS-computer emergency response capabilities.

Professor Udo Helmbrecht, executive director of ENISA comments:

“Stuxnet brought the problem of security of industrial control systems to prominence. Our study clearly shows that there is still a lot to be done in this area by all relevant stakeholders. We hope that our seven recommendations will lead to significant improvement.”

Obtain the full report here.

•Date: 21st December 2011 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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