Government Officials Warn of Cyber Attacks

Two days after my post on cyber security and end users' need to take an architected approach to the automation and control systems, the Los Angeles Times reported on how concerned US intelligence officials are about cyber attacks on the US.

A major cyber attack somewhere in the United States is becoming increasingly possible, top government intelligence officials said Thursday, warning that an assault on America's power grid system "represents the battleground for the future."

According to the article, CIA officials testifying before Congress on Thursday stated that a major cyber attack somewhere in the United States is becoming increasingly possible and represents the battleground for the future, which could become the next Pearl Harbour. Read the full article here.

Although such attacks would be primarily aimed at the power grid, the government, banking and other high value targets, manufacturers should not consider themselves immune. One can think of myriad reasons why manufacturing systems could come under attack. People around the world are being exposed to the skills necessary to mount such attacks and the criminals and crazies are becoming more aware of the potential for inflicting damage and achieving fame.

The vast majority of our industrial networks were put together without any real thought to preventing deliberate cyber attack. It's time to change our thinking.

 

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