According to experts, in the coming year hackers will actively search for vulnerabilities in SCADA-systems and produce solutions for automatic operation.
As reported by Computerworld CEO Dale Peterson, in the upcoming year protection of SCADA-systems from threats will only increase its relevance in the field of information security.
According to the researcher, the first example of a threat that drew the world’s attention to the problem of protecting the SCADA-systems was Stuxnet, which has caused enormous damage to the plant for uranium enrichment at Natanz, Iran. Expert talks about the Stuxnet as a complex program, the funding and support for its development was done by U.S. and Israel.
The main problem of protecting SCADA-systems is that it can often remotely connect to a desktop for administration. These interfaces often contain vulnerabilities, and their level of security was not enough in 2010, during the first Stuxnet attack.
“We will see increasing levels of automated exploits operating devices control systems” – said Peterson.
The expert also noted that most of the web control devices, often not considered as part of the critical infrastructure. “This is a small municipal system, building automation systems, etc. These systems are very important for the companies that create them and own them,” – said the researcher.
To hackers, potentially interested in breaking into these systems, can take political activists trying to make a loud statement, as well as groups of hackers who try to get attention by blackmail.