This year’s events surpassed those of any previous year, indicating that ICS security is of paramount consideration for enterprises that run these systems, and the organizations, indeed societies, that rely on the infrastructure services they provide.
Idaho Falls, ID (PRWEB) April 01, 2014
Critical Intelligence (http://www.critical-intelligence.com), a leading authority on Situational Awareness and Threat Intelligence, today announced the release of their 2013 Industrial Control Systems Security Trends and Analysis Report. The annual report provides a comprehensive review of cyber activity focused on Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to owners, vendors and government stakeholders that are responsible for security and operations of critical infrastructure and production networks across the globe.
“In terms of quantity and significance, this year’s events surpassed those of any previous year, indicating that ICS security is of paramount consideration for individual enterprises that run these systems, and the organizations, indeed societies, that rely on the infrastructure services they provide,” said Sean McBride, director of analysis for Critical Intelligence.
In 2013, Critical Intelligence identified 263 open source ICS-specific vulnerability disclosures. In addition, the company covered 785 vulnerabilities in IT products commonly found in ICS environments and 22 attack tools that could be used against ICS installations.
According to the company’s report, targeted industrial control systems owners and operators facing attacks included: electricity transmission operators, international energy firms, oil field companies, power generation organizations and energy investment firms. The report examines the threat actors behind these attacks and explains the adversaries tactics, techniques and procedures.
“The ease of identifying industrial control systems on the Internet, the intent of intellectual property theft and the availability of tools to attack these systems equates to an increasing number of potential threats and a corresponding rise in the potential impact of those events,” said Robert Huber, president of Critical Intelligence.
The report examines, in detail, the market dynamics and most important technology issues for the emerging ICS sector. It provides detailed analysis of the following categories:
- Indications and Warnings
- ICS Technical and Market Developments
- Developments in ICS Defense
- Attack Tools that Potentially Affect ICS
“This report does a great job of helping those responsible for ICS to understand what the risks are and what options are available to help with warnings, vulnerabilities and developments in ICS defense,” said Michael Assante, SANS director over ICS and SCADA cyber security programs.
Since 2009, Critical Intelligence has released annual reports aimed at identifying physical and cyber attacks against ICS owners and operators, trends and significant developments in ICS defense, ICS security training and general ICS cyber security trending including ICS specific vulnerabilities since 2000. For more information about the report, visit http://www.critical-intelligence.com.
About Critical Intelligence
Critical Intelligence is the trusted intelligence partner of some of the largest energy firms in the United States. The firm is rooted in a focus protecting Industrial Control Systems (ICS). Since 2009, Critical Intelligence’s pioneering ICS Cyber Situational Awareness and Threat Intelligence subscription service has provided customers with unparalleled insight into the threats, vulnerabilities and cyber issues facing critical infrastructure stakeholders.