“Someone has remotely commanded your automated plant to divert flows of dangerous chemicals, creating vacuums and pressure surges that threaten to bust your equipment. You should have seen it coming.
The rush to automate more factory processes may look like it’s saving money, but to Ken Westin, a senior security analyst at Tripwire, it’s a dangerous trend that’s spreading cyber vulnerabilities across entire industries. Of course, you, as the plant operator, could just call in engineers to monitor or fix the problem, but you fired them to save money, remember? Westin calls it “a perfect storm in a lot of ways.”
And it will only get worse. Westin says that too much or unsafely implemented automation in chemical and pharmaceutical plants will result in a catastrophic, and largely avoidable, cyber attack in the next two years.
That automation is on the rise is no secret. Boston Consulting Group has forecast that between this…
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