Stuxnet: A turning point

This is an explosive new age of industrial productivity and with that brings a bigger risk for cyber attackers to hit manufacturers.

07/12/2011


ISS SourceThis is an explosive new age of industrial productivity and with that brings a bigger risk for cyber attackers to hit manufacturers.

“With automation tools we can shorten the time it takes to bring product to market,” said Raj Batra, president, industry automation division at Siemens during his keynote address Tuesday at the 2011 Automation Summit in Orlando, Fla.

Those tools, such as open systems, bring great benefits, but they also can bring peril. Batra mentioned Stuxnet being one of those issues.

“Stuxnet marked a turning point,” Batra said. “It turned theoretical problems into real time headlines. We have learned over the course of the last year. It has been bittersweet. It has driven some very important lesson learned.”

Batra said in 2010 alone there were over 20 million new strains of malware created.

For companies to succeed in fending off any kind of cyber attack whether it is an advance targeted attack like a Stuxnet or a lesser assault, Batra said technology alone cannot solve the problem.

“The focus of cyber security can’t be achievable through products alone. Companies need to take a holistic approach. We need to take a defense in depth approach. ”

Technology is key to solving the problem, but it also comes down to companies having a plan and executing on that plan.

Companies need to build awareness into the organization, Batra said. In addition, he said, security has to become a way of life for any company. Finally, companies need to take a holistic approach to security.

“The goal for us to be the best in managing industrial security,” Batra said.

While security was a major part of the keynote address, Batra also talked about main business pressures companies are facing today. Global manufacturing, supply chain complexity, the shortage of engineering talent, commodity price increases were all part of the push to increase productivity in the coming years.

- Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering, www.plantengineering.com



No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Motor specification guidelines; Understanding multivariable control; Improving a safety instrumented system; 2017 Engineers' Choice Award Winners
Selecting the best controller from several viewpoints; System integrator advice for the IIoT; TSN and real-time Ethernet; Questions to ask when selecting a VFD; Action items for an aging PLC/DCS
Robot advances in connectivity, collaboration, and programming; Advanced process control; Industrial wireless developments; Multiplatform system integration
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.

(copy 5)

click me