Operations technology (OT) is the term used in industrial operations and it comprised of control systems, networks and other industrial automation components that controls physical processes and assets. Control systems are at the heart of the nation’s critical infrastructures, include electric power, oil and gas, water and wastewater, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture and chemical factories.
Industrial control systems (ICS), which are part of the OT environment in industrial enterprises, encompass several types of control systems including supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, distributed control systems (DCS), and other smaller control system configurations such as programmable logic controllers (PLC), remote terminal units (RTU), intelligent electronic devices (IED) and other field devices.
ICS systems were originally designed for increasing the performance, reliability and safety by reducing manual efforts. Security was achieved by physical isolation, so called airgap (security by obscurity). .
In the recent past attacks such as Stuxnet, Shamoon and Ukarine Energy, organizations have realised the importance of safeguarding the ICS and the IT-OT converged environments. Today world is talking about connecting everything to the internet. As the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) a term used to draw together cyber-physical systems, Internet of things (IoT) and Internet of Services starts to find more resonance with OEMs, system integrators and asset owners, it is a matter of time that we will see lot of ICS information being routed to sophisticated applications across the enterprises through wide area network where security by obscurity is no longer a valid protection. Organizations and States have plans for connecting ICS to Internet for projects involving such as smart grids, smart cities, etc. which significantly increasing the risk of intrusion from malicious actors.
Threats to ICS
With ICS increasingly getting integrated with corporate network and Internet for business requirements, it is obvious that ICS is opening itself to the world of attackers. With cyber-attacks continue to escalate in frequency, severity and impact year after year it is with this concern that it is of paramount importance to ensure cyber security around such systems.
For the second time in less than a year (2016), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has imposed a six-figure penalty on a participant in the electric market for fundamentally failing to comply with the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards.
We provide Industrial Cyber Security services for NERC CIP Compliance and to improve your security posture of your ICS/OT systems from threats. Some of them include the following:.
1) ICS risk assessments
2) ICS VA/PT
3) Governance Framework
4) Security operations centre (SOC)
6) Internal Audit
We provide end to end process for NERC CIP Compliance. With Industry 4.0 and use of IoT/ IIoT and Smart Grids as the way forward, the industrial data is moving into the Cloud and increased use of BIG DATA, Security and Privacy concerns are on the rise. We conduct integrated Cyber security engagements with privacy engagements. With more stringent fines being imposed by NERC, cost of compliance is not too high. Our team has more than 7 years of industrial cyber security and IT-OT Convergenceexperience having worked with major organizations across the world.
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