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Locking down Industrial Control Systems

Sponsored Post Industrial Control Systems (ICS) which can automate processes, increase productivity and reduce labour costs, are rapidly gaining worldwide enterprise traction.

A new Grand View Research study estimates global industrial automation and control systems spending reached $172.26 billion in 2022, and will grow 10.5 per cent annually from 2023 to 2030.

This surge in ICS deployments is creating potentially dangerous security issues. The US Federal Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) believes that the only way to “permanently shift the cybersecurity advantage to ICS cyber defenders is through collective action”.

That collective action should probably include delivering effective ICS security training to infosec and IT security professionals. This is exactly what SANS is offering through its Industrial Control Systems Security resource centre. Alongside a broad portfolio of training programmes, the SANS ICS Security hub features up-to-the-minute news and insight as well as blogs, whitepapers, webinars, cheat sheets and videos.

One of the components on offer in the resource centre is the ICS Cybersecurity Field Manual Series which comprises three volumes, each focusing on a different aspect of ICS and security defence for control environments.

SANS also offers many training courses tailored to meet the specific needs of ICS security professionals including ICS410: ICS/SCADA Security Essentials. This course provides a foundational set of standardised skills and knowledge for industrial cybersecurity professionals. Also featured is the ICS515: ICS Visibility, Detection, and Response course, which will help ICS cyber defenders gain visibility and asset identification in Industrial Control System/Operational Technology networks.

The industrial security landscape is evolving rapidly as global enterprises ramp up the deployment of ICS technologies supporting next-generation industrial processes such as robotics and artificial intelligence. So it is reassuring to know that the SANS ICS Security resource centre is there to provide a comprehensive and unique set of tools, training and information for the infosec and ICS professionals fighting to secure these ever-more complex infrastructures.

The already high industrial security stakes are getting even higher. CISA emphasises that ICS security is “among the most important aspects of our collective effort to defend cyberspace.”

You can see what the SANS ICS Security resource centre has to offer by clicking here.

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