Modern life depends on the automation of large-scale systems. Almost every time we turn on a faucet, switch on a light, or jump on a train, we are relying on industrial control systems (ICS) or supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems to manage processes like water purification, electricity generation, and mass transit signaling. But relying on computers for such essential tasks requires absolute trust in their security, since attacks, which disrupt these basic necessities, could trigger catastrophic economic and public health and safety collapse.

Start securing your SCADA systems now with this technical brief "Securing Industrial Control Systems (ICS) with BeyondTrust Solutions" Download now

Industrial control/SCADA systems have traditionally remained ‘air gapped’ to protect their mission-critical functions and to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities and the environment.

As manufacturing technologies have matured, organizations have realized the scalability, centralized management, and cost-savings of streamlining IT operations by connecting ICS endpoints to the corporate network. Additionally, many ICS vendors now use standard IT technologies within their solutions – making them more accessible to attacks. To address such concerns, the ICS-CERT (Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team) provides ICS-CERT alerts to assist owners and operators in monitoring threats and actions that could impact ICS/SCADA systems.

To safeguard SCADA, IT security teams must implement appropriate layers of security technologies and processes, which include:

ICS-CERT encourages sound security practices using “defense-in-depth principles.” Since they are considered fundamental technologies to address security best practices, BeyondTrust has mapped its privileged access management and vulnerability management solutions into ICS-CERT requirements. Specifically, BeyondTrust can help achieve the recommendations in the areas of:

Mapping BeyondTrust Solutions into ICS-CERT

How do we improve the security of ICS? You’ll have to download the tech brief for that! The tech brief not only maps BeyondTrust privileged access management and vulnerability management solutions into the ICS-CERT recommendations, but also includes a checklist of required functionality, and an appendix listing the more than 75 SCADA systems that we support.

If you’re ready to improve your ICS security, take the next step. Download the how-to tech brief, learn about other customers who benefited from our solutions, or contact us today.