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Elasticity for an Effective Cybersecurity Response

By Zied M. Ouertani, ABB |

While no company wants to envision becoming the victim of a cyberattack, investing time upfront to craft an incident-response plan can provide a quicker path to recovery Cyberattacks are becoming a way of life — in both our personal, and increasingly, our business lives. The pages of newspapers and trade magazines are full of stories of breaches that have led to the disclosure of personal and financial information. While these attacks can have a devastating effect on the individuals concerned, they cannot be compared to the scope of potential damage caused by security breaches at industrial facilities. With all the media coverage and promptings from cybersecurity vendors, it is impossible not to be aware of the risks. If anything, significant fatigue is beginning to set in as some vendors use fear, uncertainty and doubt to sell their products and services. According to a survey commissioned by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab (Woburn, Mass.; use.kasperky.com) that quizzed more than 300 professionals with decision-making power on operational-technology (OT) and industrial-control-system (ICS) cybersecurity, 77% of companies believe that cybersecurity is a significant priority [1]. A similar number believe they are likely to become…
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