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Cisco: Working Together to Protect IoT Devices

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When you begin remodeling an older home you realize that some walls are there for good reasons. Others block our modern, open-floor-plan lifestyles and can come down. Years ago, factories and utilities separated their Information Technology (IT) and Operations Technology (OT) teams. The thinking was that such walls helped ensure reliability and uptime so that critical systems stay running. The Internet of Things (IoT) is challenging this old model and causing a shift in how OT and IT work.

Gartner estimates that there will be 20 billion connected things by 2020 in all economic sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, and utilities. And the promise of the IoT is a wealth of benefits. Our research shows that these industries stand to gain trillions of dollars in digital value, be it from increasing uptime, productivity, and global competitive advantage, to the efficient and confident delivery of power everywhere it is needed. Connectedness makes this possible. Yet it also brings a whole new generation of risks.

Industroyer uses industrial communication protocols that were designed years ago when industrial systems were walled off from other systems. The malware communicates using a language the systems understand and can control electricity substation switches and circuit breakers directly, disrupting power, creating other failures, and even destroying infrastructure.

Read the entire article here, Working Together to Protect IoT Devices

via the fine folks at Cisco Systems.

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