Supply Chain Attacks in 2021- ICS Security implications

Supply Chain attacks are something to watch out for In the recently published Abhisam Industrial Cybersecurity Report, we had mentioned supply chain attacks, as something to watch out for in 2021. We never imagined that we would be so right. As the year 2021 progresses, we  are witnessing increasing incidents of supply chain cyberattacks. These supply chain attacks are pretty broad in scope and are not just related to the Industrial Control System devices, such as DCS controllers or  SIS Logic Solvers but also COTS IT network components such as Routers, Switches and so on. What are Supply Chain attacks? A supply chain attack happens when the components that make up the IT system (or the OT system), are attacked like the famous Solarwinds attack. Solarwinds is a software company that sells network management tools. Solarwinds own servers got attacked and these servers began updating their customer’s computer systems with …

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Cyber security – Oil and Gas industries

This paper  related to cyber security oil and gas industries, is available as a part of the Abhisam Industrial Cybersecurity report, which can be downloaded now. Author: H Sreedhar. Recent History of Automation in Oil & Gas   The Oil and Gas industry (O & G for short) has been a pioneer in embracing digital technology. It was one of the first industrial sectors to transition to Distributed Control Systems(DCS), from analog electronic control equipment and pneumatic instruments. This transition started in a big way, about 35 years ago, when DCS were a “hi-tech” thing.   O & G is still a tech pioneer, in the era of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial IoT. It quickly embraced concepts like the Digital Oilfield. However, this has led to newer problems related to security. The development of digital control systems and the networking, particularly with the internet, has led to increased risk …

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