Industrial Cybersecurity Report 2020 and the road ahead in 2021

Abhisam has published the much awaited Industrial Cybersecurity Report 2020, that gives you a snapshot of the state of Industrial Cyber security in the year 2020 and the path ahead in 2021. The report can be downloaded by anybody from here


About the Report

The report has been compiled by Abhisam and has articles by Industry professionals from different sectors such as Oil & Gas, Water & Wastewater treatment, Automation System suppliers, Industrial Cybersecurity consulting, Automotive and others. It is a completely vendor neutral document and can be used freely for any noncommercial purpose with due credits. It also includes security insights from the Industrial IoT field, which is seeing more traction today as manufacturing becomes more hi-tech.

Abhisam Industrial Cybersecurity Report


Why was this Report made?

The main reason for coming out with such a report was that there does not seem to be a lot of publicly available information, that is not from cybersecurity solution vendors, or from the government, as regards the true state of industrial cybersecurity today. This freely available report is to address this need, for professionals from different industries to know more about this subject and where we stand today.


The year 2020 was very unusual, not only due to the pandemic, but also because a lot of developments took place in the Industrial Cybersecurity field. Although there were not many high profile incidents this year, the ones that occurred were quite serious.Mainly the attacks were a series of  incidents in the water supply networks of a country in the middle east. It was not one but several attacks with different methods and intended effects.


Industrial Cyber security continues to remain challenging in 2021

One was an attack on the water utilities that was quite sophisticated as it could successfully penetrate the basic process control system (BPCS) of the water treatment plant and start and stop pumps randomly, hoping to cause damage due to water hammer (water pressure can fluctuate wildly, known as water hammer) which was intended to damage the infrastructure and deny water supply to the city.


The second attack attempted to increase the Chlorination of the water by dosing more Chlorine than the safe limit allows, apparently in a bid to poison the residents of the city. This was however successfully thwarted.


There were other notable events too, which are in the report. It also carries several insightful articles that show how to co-ordinate Functional Safety and Industrial Cybersecurity in process plants, how to carry out a proper cyber risk assessment that takes care of Process Safety consequences and the importance of the recovery phase of any attack, where you may need to restore your DCS, SIS, PLC or SCADA from scratch after an attack that can damage it.


How to Download it?

So ahead and download the report now from the link here. Happy Reading!