SCADA vs. the hackers

SCADA vs. The Hackers

The problem is that programmable logic controllers, digital control systems, and supervisory control and data acquisition, or SCADA, systems were never designed with security in mind.

“When companies designed control systems worldwide, there were always two unwritten assumptions,” said Weiss, who served as the technical lead for control system cybersecurity at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif., before joining KEMA. “Everyone assumed the system would be isolated, not connected to anything else. We also assumed that the only people who would use the control system were people who were supposed to use it. That was a good assumption for another day.”

[via John Robb]

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