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Industrial robots extremely vulnerable to hackers

9 Jun , 2017  

A recent report from cyber security firm Trend Micro reveals that industrial robots are extremely vulnerable to hackers.

Reacting to this news, Edgard Capdevielle, CEO of Nozomi Networks said: “Manufacturers are always looking for ways to produce items as efficiently and cost effectively as possible, and that includes automating their production lines. The challenge is when they then take this further and introduce remote connectivity without properly evaluating the security of doing so. Each device with an IP address is a tiny pin-prick the plants perimeter defences and hackers are looking for these insecure connections to wreak havoc. In IT, basic security hygiene uses security visibility tools – technologies that document and visualize systems and that detect intrusion. Up until recently these systems were not available for SCADA systems as they interfered with high availability requirements and didn’t work with OT’s unique communication protocols. That is changing with passive monitoring systems that utilise artificial intelligence and machine learning to help deal with the complexity of industrial systems to provide visibility and control without impacting availability.”


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