EU Cyber Group Guide to Mitigate Attacks

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 06:12 PM gHale

ENISA, the European Union’s (EU) cyber security agency, has a new manual on how to mitigate attacks on Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

This manual supports vital industrial processes in critical information infrastructure (such as the energy and chemical transportation industries) where sufficient knowledge is often lacking.

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As ICSes connect to the Internet, companies have to take extra security preparations. This new guide provides the necessary considerations for a team charged with ICS Computer Emergency Response Capabilities (ICS-CERC).

ICSes are indispensable for a number of industrial processes, including energy distribution, water treatment, transportation, as well as chemical, government, defense and food processes. Oftentimes, ICS are easy targets for attackers. Cyber incidents affecting an ICS can have disastrous effects on a country’s economy, on plant assets and on people’s lives. Therefore, the ability to respond to and mitigate the impact of ICS incidents is crucial for protecting critical information infrastructure and enhancing cyber-security on a national, European and global level. Consequently, ENISA prepared this guide about good practices for prevention and preparedness.

“Until a few decades ago, ICS functioned in discrete, separated environments, but nowadays they are often connected to the Internet,” said ENISA Executive Director, Professor Udo Helmbrecht. “This enables streamlining and automation of industrial processes, but it also increases the risk of exposure to cyber-attacks.”

Click here to download the document.

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