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Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats by Joseph Weiss

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Chapter 12. Industrial Control System Security Trends and Observations

What are the trends affecting industrial control system (ICS) security? How common are the findings? A critical point is that there are currently two completely independent design paths affecting ICS security. One path is for the design of an ICS, particularly field devices. They continue to be designed without security, and the intelligence and remote access capability is being driven further down into the process. The other path is for cyber security mitigation. It continues to focus on Windows and TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) network design. These two paths are not necessarily congruent. In fact, they are generally inconsistent with each other. ...

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