Industrial infrastructures are increasingly connected, getting smarter and more efficient in the process. Along with these gains comes the need to protect infrastructure assets from cyber attacks. A major cyber attack on the US grid, for example, could cost up to $1trn, according to a recent report by Lloyd’s and Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies. To discuss the state of industrial cyber security and how to best advance it, Look ahead interviewed Ralph Langner, founder of the Langner Group and a cyber-security expert specialising in industrial control systems. In 2010, he led the team that reverse engineered Stuxnet, the first malware designed to destroy physical assets. Here he shares his views on what can be done to better protect infrastructure assets.
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By GE Look Ahead (The Economist). The most important point is to take a strategic, long-term approach. This is well known in IT but still found rarely in operations technology. If you approach cyber risk as a project or, even worse, focus on technical [network] topics only, you will never be able to achieve sustainability and cost-efficiency. You will be fighting the symptoms rather than the disease.