Threats targeting operational technology in critical infrastructures highlight the need for Industrial Control Systems Security

ICS devices connected to the Internet without cyber security defenses brings new points of vulnerability to be exploited by attackers

Dec 23, 2015, 02:41 ET from Frost & Sullivan

SINGAPORE, Dec. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In line with the Industry 4.0 Mega Trend, diverse industries have accelerated the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT). Industry players have been exploring ways to enhance their efficiency and competitiveness by harnessing the benefits of IoT and standardizing protocols relating to Internet Protocol (IP). This movement toward digital transformation in manufacturing, utilities, transportation, and grids has highlighted the need for industrial control systems (ICS) security during the design phase.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Asia-Pacific Industrial Control Systems Security Market (http://www.frost.com/sublib/display-report.do?id=P8A5-01-00-00-00&src=PR), finds that the market earned revenues of US$162.9 million in 2014 and estimates this to reach US$1.18 billion in 2019. The study provides detailed threat analysis, market forecasts from 2014 to 2019, as well as identifying the drivers and restraints.

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"In recent years, industrial control systems used in the automation of industrial plants were increasingly connected to the Internet for its benefits. However cyber security was not part of the original design process, which made the systems vulnerable to cyber threats," said Frost & Sullivan Digital Transformation, Cyber security Practice Senior Industry Analyst, Charles Lim.

"Therefore, it is vital that the industry understands the threats pertaining to operational technology and ensure that the right cyber security solutions are in place to address this," he added.

In response to customers' concerns, ICS security vendors are working on technologies that can be implemented without affecting the availability of existing equipment or workstations.

Meanwhile, industries are becoming increasingly aware of the cyber attacks affecting plants' uptime. It has been observed that some energy plants in Asia Pacific understand the potential cyber threats to their operations and have encouraged them to comply with ICS security guidelines such as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC-CIP) or National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Governments in Asia-Pacific are also expected to give priority to security and mandate or recommend effective cyber security measures for their critical infrastructure. For instance, the Japanese Government has been proactive in promoting ICS security. It established the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC), which, in turn, established the Capability for Engineering of Protection, Technical Operation, Analysis and Response (CEPTOAR) Council to facilitate information sharing among critical infrastructure verticals.

For this research, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific has collaborated with renowned ICS penetration testers from cyber security firm NSHC, to conduct a surface assessment of the number of ICS devices connected to the Internet in Asia-Pacific. The assessment also features the number of devices that are vulnerable according to the 14 major countries in this region. The findings are covered in a new chapter called 'threat analysis', which also details the history of attacks on ICS devices in critical infrastructures of Asia Pacific.

Asia-Pacific Industrial Control Systems Security Market is part of the Network Security (http://ww2.frost.com/research/industry/information-communications-technologies/network-security) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan's related studies include: Asia-Pacific Managed Security Services Market, Asia-Pacific Secure Content Management (SCM) Market, Asia-Pacific Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Solutions Market, and Asia-Pacific DDoS Solutions Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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