Control System Security Breaches on the Rise (3/26/14)
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | Comments

The number of entities with identified or suspected security breaches has increased to 40 percent from 28 percent last year, according to a survey conducted by SANS about control system security. Only 9 percent of respondents are sure they haven’t been breached, according to the study.

The study was sponsored by Qualys, Raytheon, Sourcefire and Tenable Network Security. More than 250 IT professionals answered questions about their overall risk awareness, trends in threats and breaches and effective means to mitigate vulnerabilities with supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and industrial control systems (ICS).

“Attacks on control systems are on the rise," Matt Luallen, SANS analyst and author of the survey, said. "Budgets for cybersecurity in SCADA ICS environments remain very slim, and organizations continue to be dependent on limited resources and staffing to detect breaches and attacks.”

Organizations want to be able to protect their systems and assets, which include computer systems, networks, embedded controllers, control system communication protocols and various physical assets, the report said. Respondents also noted they strive to protect public safety; increase leadership risk awareness; and expand controls pertaining to asset identification, communication channels and centralized monitoring.

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