Stopping Stuxnet Attacks

Thursday, December 8, 2011 @ 01:12 PM gHale

Throughout the Industry Today, One of the Strongest Safeguards for Manufacturers Against Stuxnet-like Worms Points Toward Host-Intrusion Prevention Systems or Whitelisting

By Nicholas Sheble
The computer worm Stuxnet appeared in June 2010. Most realize that was not the first worm to attack industrial systems but it was the first discovered malware that spies on and subverts industrial systems, and also the first to include a programmable logic controller (PLC) rootkit.

The existing technology that could have provided the strongest protection against Stuxnet was (and is) HIPS (host-intrusion prevention systems) technology.

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Nicholas Sheble (nsheble@isssource.com) is an engineering writer and technical editor in Raleigh, NC.