Password Reuse - Control networks double the risk
Control system vendors continue to bury hidden "default" passwords in their system which can fall victim to malware or hackers, making them the perfect backdoor into a company's operations.
Jason Holcomb at Digital Bond wrote a great article called “Everybody Knows Your Passwords” on the issues of default passwords. In it he talked about how some control system vendors continue to bury hidden “default” passwords in their system. As Stuxnet illustrated, these passwords can fall victim to malware or hackers, making them the perfect backdoor into a company’s operations.
This week, I will add two more issues to this whole password “Hash Up” (sorry for the bad pun) that is a danger to control system security.
The first is the problem of password reuse in control systems. Password reuse is the habit we all have of using the same password on multiple systems. In the IT world it is causing considerable concern because people use the same password for signing up for a free software download site as they use for accessing their bank account.
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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.
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