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[ISN] State of SCADA Security Worries Researchers
By Fahmida Y. Rashid
CANCUN, Mexico -- Recent reports painted a bleak picture of the security
issues plaguing industrial control systems, but the situation is
exacerbated by the fact that administrators are naÃve about the dangers,
Researchers presented some alarming findings about the state of security
for supervisory control and data acquisition systems at the Kaspersky
Security Analyst Summit on Feb. 3. SCADA systems are used across varied
industries such as oil, water systems, electric grids, controlling
building systems, and the basic security model underlying these systems
is completely inadequate, they said.
Two researchers decided to try to find 100 bugs in 100 days in
industrial control system software, Terry McCorkle, an industry
researcher, told attendees at the conference. As they began their
research, it quickly became evident the team had underestimated the
severity of the problem.
"Ultimately, what we found is the state of ICS security is kind of
laughable," McCorkle said.
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