The world of IT comes to us, part 2
“If you can ping it, you can own it.”
In the new video that revisits the DePaul University cyber security class, we meet two new students, Ahmed and Eiyad. One of the great statements that I heard with reference to hacking PLCs, which unfortunately didn’t make it into the final edit, was from Ahmed. He said, “If you can ping it, you can own it.” Which is to say, if you can get through the network to the PLC, you can make it do whatever you want because the PLC has very little protection of its own.
There are ways to protect a vulnerable PLC by hardening the network, but as Alex pointed out, few network devices and switches allow you to use security measures such as RADIUS or TACACS. On the other hand, some do. If you’re looking at networking products, those are the ones you may want to look for.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey