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ICS as a cloud service is coming: Will the benefits outweigh the risks?

September 3, 2019


Industrial control system (ICS) equipment benefits from security by obscurity and complexity. The protocols are so unique and require so much effort to master that nobody but a motivated nation-state is going to spend the time and money figuring out how to attack them.

Plug these systems into a modern IT cloud infrastructure and all of a sudden the gamut of “traditional” attacks can now affect ICS/operational technology (OT) systems, including taking advantage of wormable, unpatched IT vulnerabilities.

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