Industrial control systems (ICS) reinforce the critical nature of national infrastructure, impacting the success of every industry, from manufacturing and electricity to oil and telecommunications. While industrial control systems initially never connected to corporate information systems, either to limit exposure or because of a lack of need, the Internet of Things (IoT) forced siloed controls to connect with powerful computing machines and networks—putting them at risk for malicious attacks.

The security of ICS comes with challenges, including ensuring company control systems are secured to avoid disruption, having sufficient computing power to run anti-malware or antivirus software, and outlining clear responsibilities of industrial cybersecurity between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) teams.

Industrial Cybersecurity Solutions

Wavestone understands the complexity of maintaining industrial security and believes a progressive and participative approach should be taken to understand it. This includes:

/ Mapping and prioritizing the most critical elements of industrial cybersecurity
/ Mitigating risks by implementing an advanced secure network architecture
/ Ensuring the preservation of an adequate level of security through hardening and maintenance
/ Applying tools required to detect security events

We have a proven industrial cybersecurity assessment framework that’s adaptable to the specificities of each client sector and allows for the full assessment of a plant site or an end-to-end production line. The benchmark for industrial control systems cybersecurity is based on five key items: governance, network segmentation, remote access, system administration, and resilience. For each, we integrate lessons learned and provide a tailored set of actions to kickstart an organization’s cybersecurity program.

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