I'm a fan of lists. I'm an even bigger fan of lists that can help me achieve goals. Throw in a numbered list, and I am in heaven. A numbered list tells me I will be able to better myself or my work in just a few steps.
For folks in the industrial automation industry who have done battle with cyber attackers (think Stuxnet, Night Dragon and Duqu), the list I am about to toss on your desk will make you dizzy with delight.
From Tofino Security and exida Consulting LLC, The 7 Steps to ICS and SCADA Security is a white paper geared toward process control engineers, IT professionals -- anyone responsible for safety or security -- who wish to achieve more robust cyber security practices.
The authors of the white paper condensed material from numerous industry standards and best practice documents. They also combined their experience in assessing the security of dozens of industrial control systems.
According to them, the result is an easy-to-follow seven-step process. They do note that effective ICS and SCADA security is not a one-time project. You will need to repeat the seven steps and update materials and measures as systems, people, business objectives and threats change.
Want more on Cyber Security? Listen to a podcast I recorded with Eric Byres, CTO and vice president of engineering at Tofino Security and one of the authors of this white paper. Be sure to click on the arrow for play (bottom left-hand corner of the player.)
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