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Poll: 60% Of Execs Cite Vulnerability To Cyber Threats

By Chemical Processing Staff

Apr 09, 2018

Indegy announces that nearly 60% of executives at critical infrastructure operators polled in a recent survey say they lack appropriate controls to protect their environments from security threats. Nearly half of all respondents indicate their organizations plan to increase spending for industrial control system (ICS) security measures in the next 12-24 months.

“We have been tracking the escalation in cyber threat activity specifically targeting critical infrastructures for some time,” says Barak Perelman, CEO of Indegy. “As the recent joint DHS/FBI CERT Technical Alert illustrates, adversaries have compromised facilities across the US to conduct reconnaissance and likely develop ‘Red Button’ capability for future attacks.”

While organizations have made significant investments to secure their IT infrastructures, they have not fully addressed threats to operational technology (OT) environments. The Indegy poll reportedly underscores the lack of preparedness in key sectors including energy, utilities and manufacturing. Among the key findings:

  • 35% of respondents say they have little visibility into the current state of security within their environment, while 23% report they have no visibility.
  • 63% claim that insider threats and misconfigurations are the biggest security risks they currently face.
  • 57% say they are not confident that their organization, and other infrastructure companies, are in control of OT security.
  • Meanwhile, 44% of respondents indicate an increase in ICS spending was planned in the next 12 to 24 months, with 29% reporting they were not sure.

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