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
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