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New ENISA white paper: Can we learn from industrial control systems/SCADA security incidents?

ENISA, the EU’s cyber security agency, has released a white paper giving recommendations regarding prevention and preparedness for an agile and integrated response to cyber security attacks and incidents against industrial control systems (ICS)/SCADA.

Increasing numbers of recent security incidents against industrial control systems/SCADA raise questions about the ability of many organizations to respond to critical incidents, as well as about their analytical capabilities. A proactive learning environment through post-analysis of incidents is therefore key, the ENISA states in the white paper.

Such an analysis gives organizations the ability to:

  • Rely on robust evidence in order to respond to the changing nature of domestic and alien threats; and
  • Ensure that enough learning takes place in order to deploy resilient systems.

ENISA identified four key points for a proactive learning environment which will in turn ensure a fast response to cyber incidents and their ex-post analysis. These are:

  • Complementing the existing skills base with ex-post analysis expertise and understanding overlaps between cyber and physical critical incident response teams;
  • Facilitating the integration of cyber and physical response processes with a greater understanding of where digital evidence may be found and what the appropriate actions to preserve it would be;
  • Designing and configuring systems in a way that enables digital evidence retention; and
  • Increasing inter-organizational and interstate collaboration efforts.

Read the report (PDF).

•Date: 11th October 2013 • Europe / UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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