Approximately 60% of cyberattacks on the industrial sector are carried out by state-affiliated actors, often with the unintentional assistance of internal personnel (about 33% of the time), according to Rockwell Automation.

Rising OT/ICS Cybersecurity Incidents Reveal Alarming Trend

A new report from Rockwell Automation reveals that 60% of cyberattacks against the industrial sector are carried out by state-affiliated actors. These attacks are often unintentionally enabled by internal personnel. Critical infrastructure industries, such as energy producers, are the main targets of these attacks. The report also highlights that OT/ICS cybersecurity incidents have surpassed the total number reported in the past decade. The energy sector is the most frequently attacked, followed by critical manufacturing and transportation. Phishing is the most popular attack technique. More than 80% of threat actors come from outside organizations, but insiders unintentionally aid in opening the door for attackers in about one-third of incidents. The research emphasizes the need for enhanced IT security in critical infrastructure and manufacturing facilities. The report recommends strengthening IT systems, implementing proper network architecture, and having a modern OT/ICS security program to protect against cyberattacks.

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