Curated bi-weekly news summary for facility management professional, building owners and IT professionals who are interested in building security and Facility IT.
The rogue code can disable safety systems designed to prevent catastrophic industrial accidents. It was discovered in the Middle East, but the hackers behind it are now targeting companies in North America and other parts of the world, too.The hackers had deployed malicious software, or malware, that let them take over the plant’s safety instrumented systems. These physical controllers and their associated software are the last line of defense against life-threatening disasters. They are supposed to kick in if they detect dangerous conditions, returning processes to safe levels or shutting them down altogether by triggering things like shutoff valves and pressure-release mechanisms.
The malware made it possible to take over these systems remotely.
As with every year, 2019 brings with it myriad security risks and security professionals have a lot to say about what companies and individuals should do to prepare for and prevent these issues. This articles outlines what seven of the top security professionals believe are the biggest threats looming this year.
The internet-of-things (IoT) has made possible a new kind of space — complex IoT environments (CIE). The evolution of smart homes and smart buildings into complex IoT environments reflects the continuing developments in home and industrial automation. Security should not be left behind as increased complexity also means new threats and risks.
AT&T announced a new standalone security division, AT&T Cybersecurity, at this week’s RSA Conference. It combines technology and threat intelligence from Alien Vault, which the operator acquired last year, and AT&T’s security consulting and managed services.
Also this week, AT&T became the first North American operator to join the Global Telco Security Alliance. The group, which was launched last year by Etisalat, Singtel, SoftBank, and Telefónica, shares threat intelligence and security best practices in an effort to help telcos protect their customers from cyberattacks. AT&T joined as a founding member.
This article outlines the preventive measures that can be taken to secure systems and limit hacking opportunities.
As the world trends toward more internet-connected devices, security is playing catch-up. Standards need to exist or we’re all at risk. The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act may be a step in the right direction.
-If organizations want to get ahead of cybersecurity threats, or at least not fall too far behind malicious actors, they need to start thinking about IT security differently.
That was a key takeaway from two keynote speakers at the CDW Protect SummIT in Phoenix. Businesses large and small need to take a page from hackers and learn lessons from their behavior, and must also shift their focus from a perimeter-based defense to a data-centric one, they said.
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