In 1982, long before a cybersecurity threat to control system networks was widely recognised, a Trojan horse attack on control system software reportedly caused a huge explosion in a Siberian gas pipeline. Even now, many systems that have been retrofitted for compatibility with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are not well protected.
Cyber security incidents have become the new normal for Canadian companies, with 100% of organisations experiencing attacks, according to the findings of a new study from Scalar Decisions Inc. of more than 400 Canadian IT and security workers.
Bosses of Britain’s most critical industries are being warned to boost cyber security or face hefty fines for leaving themselves vulnerable to attack. Energy, transport, water and health firms could be fined up to £17 million (€19.37 million) if they fail to have the most robust safeguards in place against cyber attack.
Nearly a third of C-Level directors surveyed across the UK (32%) either do not have a response plan in place to manage a cyber-attack on their business, or they are not sure whether they do.
The WannaCry ransomware attack this week shocked the world, and the ripples will be felt for months to come. It demonstrates that cyber criminals are stepping up their campaigns and one sector increasingly at risk is autonomous vehicles.
A growing number if IT companies are working on developing new computing models equipped with innovative interaction methodologies that guarantee secure communications between humans, sensors and data analysis platforms.
Successful IoT projects are security driven and focused on business needs, says Ben Boswell, UK & Ireland director of World Wide Technology.
Computer security companies have been accused of “massively” exaggerating the abilities of malicious hackers. Dr Ian Levy, technical director of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, made the accusation in a speech this week reported by The Register.
Research by Norwegian app security firm Promon has demonstrated that, by exploiting a lack of security in the Tesla smartphone app, cybercriminals could take control of the company’s vehicles. They have shown they can locate, unlock and drive the car away unhindered.
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