According to Kaspersky Labs State of Industrial Cybersecurity 2018 survey, 65% of organizations globally believe that operational technology (OT) or Industrial Control Systems (ICS) risks are more likely with the Internet of Things (IoT). Over the next year, 53% say that realizing IoT use cases and managing connected devices is a major priority.
As OT and IT converge, organizations can use IoT devices to boost the efficiency of industrial processes, but these devices and processes also present new risks and points of vulnerabilities. Industrial organizations surveyed feel unsafe, with 77% of respondents saying their organization is likely to become the target of a cybersecurity incident involving their industrial control networks.
Of the concerns related to IoT, 54% of respondents claim that the increased risks associated with connectivity and IoT integration are a major cybersecurity challenge, as well as new types of IoT security measures that need to be implemented (50%) and implementation of IoT use cases (45%).
According to Kaspersky Labs, companies relying on ICS are falling victim to conventional threats, including malware and ransomware. Almost two-thirds of companies experienced at least one conventional malware or virus attack on their ICS in the last year, 30% suffered a ransomware attack, and 27% had their ICS breached due to the errors and actions of employees.
Targeted attacks affecting the industrial sector accounted for only 16% in 2018 (down from 36% in 2017).
“With the sector embracing more digital trends such as cloud and IoT to further drive efficiencies, the challenge and importance of cybersecurity becomes even more vital to keep critical systems running and businesses operational,” says Georgy Shebuldaev, brand manager, Kaspersky Industrial Cybersecurity, in a press release. “The good news is that we are seeing more and more businesses improving their cybersecurity policies to include dedicated measures towards safeguarding their industrial control networks. While this is a step in the right direction, action needs to go further to keep up with the pace of digitalization. This includes updating incident response programs to cover specific ICS actions and using dedicated cybersecurity solutions to help meet the challenge.”