Date: August 8, 2017 By: Thomas Nuth
In the last decade market and cost pressures have driven significant technological advances in automation and industrial connectivity across all aspects of petroleum extraction, pipeline transport and refining. While technological advances are delivering business benefits, systems are now exposed to more cyber risks than ever before.
Yet, according to a 2017 survey by the Ponemon Institute, the deployment of cybersecurity measures in the oil and gas industry isn’t keeping pace with the growth of digitalization in operations.
One way to overcome the ICS cybersecurity gap is to utilize next generation technology that leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to deal with system complexity and deliver immediate benefits. Let’s take a look at two examples of how a passive ICS anomaly detection and monitoring solution secures pipeline networks.
Date: July 25, 2017 By: Moreno Carullo and Heather MacKenzie
One of the findings of the recent SANS report “Securing Industrial Control Systems – 2017” is that the number one technology industrial organizations are looking to implement over the next 18 months is intrusion detection.
Up until recently, detecting anomalies on ICS networks that might be caused by a cyberattack has been ”mission impossible.” That’s because such networks typically include equipment from a wide assortment of vendors, run thousands of real-time processes and generate huge volumes of data. Analyzing and monitoring this data to detect anomalies was very difficult.
The good news is that a new generation of ICS cybersecurity tool is available for industrial intrusion detection. This article describes how our product, SCADAguardian does it, and gives an example of how it would detect and counter a cyberattack on a regional control center of an electric power utility.
Date: July 12, 2017 By: Thomas Nuth
The SANS Institute recently surveyed hundreds of ICS practitioners and cybersecurity stakeholders on the topic of industrial cybersecurity. The results provide a valuable source of information for organizations seeking to understand the state of ICS security or to benchmark their organization against others.
Amongst the findings are a ranking of top threat vectors. Read on to learn what global leaders in critical infrastructure are most concerned about, and how Nozomi Networks’ SCADAguardian defends and mitigates against the top threats.
Date: June 29, 2017 By: Heather MacKenzie
Industroyer / CrashOverride have been at the top of the industrial security news lately. And rightly so. Not since Stuxnet has the world seen an advanced malware that was designed and deployed to disrupt physical infrastructure, notably power grids. Industroyer is believed to have been used in attacks on Ukraine that took place in on December 17, 2016 that shut down electrical power to a large area of its capital city, Kiev.
Industroyer is an advanced threat of high concern. Nozomi Network’s experts and researchers have dissected how it works to formulate specific steps to protect, detect, and defend against it. and one that uses normal protocol commands to build its attack. Fortunately, advanced ICS intrusion detection is available that would both identify the malware’s presence and help protect against its impacts.
Date: June 15, 2017 By: Edgard Capdevielle
Until now Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity wasn’t the coolest area of cybersecurity, but Gartner is changing that with its recognition of Nozomi Networks as a 2017 Cool Vendor. Last week, we were honored to learn that Nozomi Networks is a 2017 Gartner Cool Vendor. We are excited that our innovation and its positive impact on ICS cybersecurity will now be brought to the attention of more companies around the world.
I am also very pleased to share the news that the company has seen better than expected customer growth, has made two senior strategic hires, and has recently won a number of industry accolades. Read on to find out more about the momentum being generated by the Nozomi Networks’ team and its advanced OT security technology…
Date: May 17, 2017 By: Heather MacKenzie
Updated May 19, 2017
The WannaCry ransomware malware broke onto the world scene on Friday May 12, 2017 when it infected over 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries. Thankfully, the impact on manufacturing systems and critical infrastructure was relatively low. However, while WannaCry’s spread has been curtailed for now, new variants have been reported.
Immediate actions are to determine whether your systems are vulnerable by identifying computers and devices running Windows operating systems not updated with the latest security patches or communicating with the SMB1 protocol. If these situations exist, you need to execute a plan to mitigate and protect against these security weaknesses.
While we can take a deep breath that WannaCry did not shut down essential services such as power systems and water systems, the malware is certainly a very loud wake-up call Let’s look at what can be done immediately, and over time, to prevent and mitigate ransomware infections to industrial systems.
Date: May 12, 2017 By: Heather MacKenzie
Critical infrastructure cybersecurity is in the spotlight thanks to the new Presidential Executive Order on Cybersecurity. No matter your politics, most would agree that it’s good to see the U.S. government elevating the urgency for critical infrastructure cyber resiliency improvement.
Section 2 of the order calls out the need to improve cyber risk management efforts. If you work for an electric utility or other critical infrastructure operator you should be aware that recent advances in technology can greatly help in this area, and do so in a way that is simple and safe to implement.
Date: April 19, 2017 By: Thomas Nuth
Government, industry, system integrators and automation vendors all know that industrial cybersecurity needs to be improved. Yet, all too often both enterprise and industrial networks are still managed without a coherent security strategy. What’s the reason? First and foremost, there is a lack of industrial security expertise in the workforce. Secondly, up to now, technologies have focused on modularized solutions for either the enterprise network or the industrial environment, without paying attention to the integration between the two. The good news is that a new generation of solution helps overcome both the skills shortage and the IT/OT divide.
Date: March 13, 2017 By: Edgard Capdevielle
A recently released study by the Ponemon Institute finds that 61% of oil and gas operators in the U.S. indicate that their organization’s ICS protection and security is inadequate. While the implementation of digitally connected industrial components is delivering business benefits, it has significantly increased cyber risk. Yet only 41% of companies continually monitor OT infrastructure to prioritize cyber threats and attacks.
Date: Feb 23, 2017 By: Kim Legelis
At the recent ARC Forum in Orlando, the automation community met to discuss pressing issues for the future. Cybersecurity was on top of the list of topics, with a full track led by ARC’s lead industrial security analyst Sid Snitkin. He led a panel that addressed an important new tool: ICS anomaly and breach detection solutions. Let’s look at the four critical capabilities ARC identified for these products, and how Nozomi Networks’ technology addresses them.