Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"The Bits and Bytes ... have been Weaponized"

In a fascinating article published yesterday in Automation World the author reviewed the opening remarks and panel conversations being held at the ISA Automation Week conference in Nashville.

Retired USAF Brigadier General Rudolf Peksens was quoted as saying:

“The bits and bytes in our systems have been weaponized, and your systems are being penetrated at will.”

In the Industrial Controls Security space as well as the enterprise domain there are many concerns about how the cyber "bad guys" are causing problems with theft of intellectual property, financial information and instruments, etc.  Even Stuxnet has been declared to be a cyber weapon -- and don't forget Shamoon and its impact in the Middle East.

Anyway, the article is a good read if you are into critical infrastructure protection with emphasis on cyber security of both IT and Operations Technology (OT) systems.  The point is that the "battle space" is expanding with the expansion of digital devices and systems and we need to pay attention and take defensive action.