Strategic investment to secure smart factories

Security is undergoing a digital transformation in the manufacturing industry. As the fusion of the cyber world and the physical world progresses, various security issues are mounting. Manufacturing executives must view security as a management issue, not as a system Read More …

Forward-looking security analysis of smart factories [Part 4] – MES database compromises

If I had to describe the role of the MES (Manufacturing Execution System) in a single phrase, it would be “manufacturing playmaker.” As I mentioned in the previous column, the manufacturing process is divided into multiple layers, and the system Read More …

Forward-looking security analysis of smart factories [Part 3] – Trojanized libraries for industrial IoT devices

IoT devices are being incorporated more and more into smart factories. IoT devices are endpoints that have a unique IP address and that can connect to the Internet; they are expected to be used for various purposes not only in Read More …

Honda investigates possible ransomware attack, networks impacted

Computer networks in Europe and Japan from car manufacturer giant Honda have been affected by issues that are reportedly related to a SNAKE Ransomware cyber-attack. Details are unclear at the moment but the company is currently investigating the cause of the problems Read More …

Factory Security Problems from an IT Perspective (Part 2): People, processes, and technology

This article is the second in a series that discusses the challenges that IT departments face when they are assigned the task of overseeing cybersecurity in factories and implementing measures to overcome these challenges. Before beginning to consider countermeasures, in Read More …

Factory Security Problems from an IT Perspective (Part 1): Gap between the objectives of IT and OT

In the cybersecurity industry, key words such as “smart factories,” the “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT),” and “Industry 4.0” have come to the fore. The business environment that the manufacturing industry operates in is undergoing drastic changes and entering a Read More …

PoetRAT Trojan targets energy sector using coronavirus lures

Government and energy sectors are being targeted in a new campaign that weaponizes the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, Cisco Talos researchers Warren Mercer, Paul Rascagneres and Vitor Ventura published an analysis of a new campaign that deploys PoetRAT, a previously-undiscovered Remote Access Trojan (RAT) Read More …

UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the United Kingdom as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19. These questions aim to Read More …

Ransomware Against the Machine: How Adversaries are Learning to Disrupt Industrial Production by Targeting IT and OT

Since at least 2017, there has been a significant increase in public disclosures of ransomware incidents impacting industrial production and critical infrastructure organizations. Well-known ransomware families like WannaCry, LockerGoga, MegaCortex, Ryuk, Maze, and now SNAKEHOSE (a.k.a. Snake / Ekans), have Read More …