Whether it’s a malicious attack or unintentional employee error, the impact of a security breach can be devastating. Data may be lost, systems and equipment damaged, production halted and people harmed.
Malware and destructive computer viruses can cause widespread destruction throughout a business. Created in 2010, the Stuxnet computer worm has already destroyed the hard drives in thousands of corporate computers.
Today’s process automation systems are more networked than ever, creating new risks that threaten control system availability and security. Even an oversight in loading a software security patch, or retention of old software versions, can make a system more vulnerable.
The cross-industry average cost of a cyber security breach in 2012 was $5.4 million per incident, based on a study by the Ponemon Institute. The report shows that 64% of cyber security incidents are caused by negligence or system glitches.
Having a well-defined cyber security strategy can mitigate your risk of employee mistakes, system errors and targeted cyber attacks.
ABB developed effective non-invasive tools (the Cyber Security Benchmark, the Cyber Security Fingerprint, and the Cyber Security Monitoring Service) that diagnose potential cyber security risks, reduce those risks and provide the support needed to safeguard your control system investment.