SCADA to Improve Cyber Defenses

Posted by alvina on April 30th, 2019

With cyber crime on the rise globally, many businesses are looking for a way to get an edge over the criminals. That’s why many people are choosing to use Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems to gain an edge over the hackers. These systems also make it easier for you to access the data. This will allow business owners to make better decisions and improve the efficiency of the systems. Let’s take a closer look at how this works and how implementing a SCADA system can help protect your business from cyber-attack.

Because this network has access to a lot of data that is critical to running your business, it is usually a target for hackers. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to build a strong SCADA system security. Many companies are building increased security into the network. For example, you can put in password protection to limit who can access the data. You can also encrypt data to make it harder for hackers to access. Another common security protocol is to put in a firewall to make it harder for them to access the system. Now that we know some more about basic security protocol let’s look at how to optimize operational technology (OT) visibility to make it even harder for hackers to access your systems.

OT allows you to connect devices to the network, providing you with more valuable data. For example, by connecting all the machines in a factory to the network it will be easier to see how to improve efficiency and spot issues before they occur. OT visibility refers to how much of the OT network you can see. For security reasons, it is best to make as much of the network as possible visible. This will make it easier to spot changes that might indicate suspicious activity. The faster you can detect a potential threat, the faster your teams can act, preventing potential downtime. Now that we know a little more about OT visibility, let’s look at how Industrial Control Systems (ICS) cyber security can make your network better protected.

Mastering SCADA ICS cyber security is very important to make your network secure. ICS is the way most businesses connect their machines to SCADA. These important connections should be protected. You might want to consider getting in experts to check these connections and give you advice on how to make them more secure. You should also have the ability to remove them from SCADA for updates.

SCADA makes it easy for your business to make more informed decisions, by taking a lot of data into account. However, because this network has so much valuable information in it, it can become a target for hackers. We’ve discussed some great tips to help you make your SCADA systems more secure and reduce the chances that you will be hacked. So, use this advice to build more defenses around your SCADA technologies and protect this precious data today.

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