More industrial companies facing targeted cyber attacks: Kaspersky

More industrial companies facing targeted cyber attacks: Kaspersky
Published: 7 January 2018 - 7 a.m.

Kaspersky’s recent IT Security Risks Survey showed that the fastest growing type of threat among industrial organizations in 2017 was targeted attacks.

The company said in a statement that to make factory floors more secure in 2018, it’s critical to eliminate targeted attacks from cybersecurity blind spots.

‘As much as 28% of the 962 industrial companies surveyed faced targeted attacks in the last 12 months. Last year, only 20% of the industrial market experienced targeted attacks. This confirms the predictions of Kaspersky ICS CERT experts about the emergence of specific malware targeting vulnerabilities in industrial automation components in 2018. The fact that the most dangerous incident type has grown by more than a third strongly suggests that cybercriminal groups are paying much closer attention to the industrial sector,’ a press release said.

Andrey Suvorov, head of critical infrastructure, protection business development, Kaspersky Lab, said, “Cyberattacks on industrial control systems have become the indisputable number-one concern. It’s crucially important to implement a complex security solution that’s specifically designed to protect automated industrial environments, is highly flexible and configured in accordance with the technological processes of each organisation.”

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