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Cybersecurity: How To Avoid Ransomware Attacks

Developing operational technology policies can protect facilities from external threats and self-inflicted wounds

Cybersecurity: How To Avoid Ransomware Attacks

Threats to building control systems (BCS) have grown exponentially in the past two years. More importantly, the attacks on BCS have grown at an even higher rate. How can that be? Easy — there have always been threats to control systems. However, successful attacks are becoming more frequent, growing in intensity, and wreaking more havoc. In 2019, there was a 400 percent increase in attacks and 2020 is shaping up to a 600 percent increase.

Attacks are not the only thing causing disruption of service to BCS. Informational technology (IT) is becoming more involved in securing control systems and their networks. This is a good thing. However, IT software, processes, and procedures are also causing interruptions in operations and damage. These systems and their devices require a different approach.

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