Stuxnet report III: Worm selects site
Now it is time to turn the table and ask “How might this target protect itself from a worm like Stuxnet?”
Stuxnet’s goal from Day One was to destroy a specific industrial process. Earlier in this series we looked at the Swiss Army Knife of techniques that Stuxnet had to carry out the attack. Now it is time to turn the table and ask “How might this target protect itself from a worm like Stuxnet?”
To answer that question, we invented a hypothetical site that is the worm’s target. Then we assumed the site is following all the guidance provided for “high security” sites in Siemens’ “Security Concept PCS 7 and WinCC – Basic Document.” In other words, a site using every recommended state-of-practice technology and procedure to protect itself.
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Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.