Now more than ever, infrastructure security and reliability for power plants, energy plants, and other industrial facilities, is of the utmost importance.
As a leader in the industrial sector, with over 50 years of combined experience, Global ROC stays at the forefront of the latest developments regarding cybersecurity in Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) networking to help our clients stay secure.
We have the tools to help you improve your critical infrastructure and experience greater peace of mind.
Learn more about our approach to enhancing your facility’s existing infrastructure below.
Understanding Critical Infrastructure in Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
The most common types of ICSs are Distributed Control Systems and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.
SCADA systems are composed of devices (including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) or other commercial hardware modules) distributed across various locations.
These systems acquire and transmit data and are integrated with a Human Machine Interface (or HMI), which offers centralized monitoring and control for a wide range of process inputs and outputs.
Distributed Control Systems control production systems that are found in one location.
A setpoint gets sent to a controller, which can instruct valves and actuators to operate in specific ways.
Data can also be stored for the future, used for simple process controls and advanced control strategies combined with data from somewhere else on the plant.
A Convergence of Old and New Solutions
Securing your facility’s critical infrastructure perfectly combines traditional industrial systems with modern digital technologies.
This convergence may seem intimidating initially, but it does present new challenges.
However, it also has incredible opportunities for your business, employees, and clients.
Today, businesses across all industries — including power and energy plants — rely on interconnected systems with the help of various technologies.
These interlinked systems offer many benefits, allowing everyone to work with the most up-to-date information and maximize productivity.
Reliance on interconnected systems also creates certain problems and can introduce new cybersecurity-related vulnerabilities.
With proper planning and the correct technology, you can combat these vulnerabilities and improve security at your facility.
The Evolving Threat Landscape
In the last several years, the threat landscape for industrial networks has evolved significantly. Cyberattacks are more prevalent than ever.
For example, in the last year, the number of cyberattacks has increased by 140 percent, affecting over 150 industrial operations.
At this rate, within the next five years, up to 15,000 industrial sites could be shut down due to cyberattacks.
The first step to protecting your facility from these attacks is understanding the vulnerabilities that cyber threats exploit, including the following:
- Legacy control systems: Outdated legacy systems often are not designed to protect facilities against modern-day attacks. They also may not be updated — even though they have the capability to be more secure — to provide sufficient protection.
- Plain-text traffic: Many ICS manufacturers rely on plain-text protocols for simpler and faster troubleshooting. The problem with this approach is that it makes hackers’ jobs easier and enables them to hijack sessions, deny service, and more.
- Hard-coded/easy passwords: Because industrial control systems are always on, most asset owners use easy-to-remember or shared passwords. The default passwords also may have never been changed after installation. Both practices make it easier for hackers to access a system quickly.
- No authentication: A lack of authentication also simplifies the hacking process and minimizes the steps hackers must take to access sensitive information and systems. Many people skip the authentication process because it adds extra steps, but by doing so, they also increase their vulnerability.
- Device programming: Many vendors have embedded additional services in their control systems, such as web access, file transfer protocols (FTP), and simple network management protocol (SNMP) services. These services offer increased functionality but create new opportunities for attackers to access devices.
- Lack of formal documentation: Many facilities lack clearly defined security policies and procedures or don’t have a solid documentation maintenance process in place. This lack of policies and procedures leads to a lot of guesswork (and wasted time and money) when a cyberattack does happen.
Proactive Cybersecurity Measures Are Critical
Don’t wait until your company experiences a cyberattack to prioritize cybersecurity.
Be proactive and create a plan to prevent these issues from occurring in the first place.
Suppose your facility falls victim to a cyberattack.
In that case, you, your team, and your systems will face a range of harsh consequences, from the financial consequences that come from trying to stop information leaks and repair the damage caused by the attack to the hit your company’s reputation will take after falling victim to this situation.
Nobody wants to deal with the added stress and headaches from trying to bounce back after a cyberattack.
Fortunately, you can take various preventive actions to mitigate risks and protect your plant or facility.
Global ROC’s Expertise in Industrial Networking & Cybersecurity
The easiest way to improve and protect critical infrastructure for maximum security and reliance is to partner with an experienced team that understands industrial networking and cybersecurity.
That’s where Global ROC cybersecurity specialists come in.
Our team has over 50 years of combined experience in industrial control logic, process control, and IT technologies.
We’re confident we can help you enhance your cybersecurity strategy and protect your company from vulnerabilities.
We do this by taking the following steps:
- Network Infrastructure Assessment: We start by evaluating our clients’ existing networking infrastructure, checking for vulnerabilities, and identifying the areas in which improvement is needed.
- Implementation: We implement services like firewall programming and remote asset connections to ensure everything functions correctly.
- Maintenance: Finally, we offer ongoing maintenance of your network infrastructure and cybersecurity protocols to keep them functioning and ensure you continue to see results and returns on your investment.
We want you to have more time to focus on core responsibilities without stressing over your cybersecurity plan and its effectiveness.
With our multi-step process, we will give you back your valuable time and handle your cybersecurity needs for you.
Case Study / Success Story
With our industrial control logic expertise, our team has helped hundreds of clients improve their cybersecurity in ICSs.
For example, this client, a power plant, came to us with concerns about their network security after learning of cyber attacks on other facilities in their industry.
We worked with them to assess their current infrastructure, identify outdated elements that increased the system’s vulnerability, and develop a plan to protect their business and keep their plant running smoothly.
This client can rest easy knowing their system will be more reliable and less vulnerable to cyberattacks.
They will also experience fewer maintenance costs in the future because they took the time to proactively upgrade their infrastructure instead of waiting until an attack occurred.
Innovative Technology Solutions
Global ROC offers a range of innovative technology solutions for industrial networks and cybersecurity.
The following are some examples of technologies we utilize and services we provide to help you save money and bolster your company’s cybersecurity measures:
- Turnkey automation solutions: Control panel design, system-level design, PLC/HMI/SCADA programming, and control panel building to help you enhance functionality and work more efficiently.
- Legacy system upgrades: We utilize modern hardware and software technologies to improve legacy systems and address vulnerabilities proactively.
- Industrial control panels: All elements are computer-generated for maximum precision and quality.
- AutoCAD electrical panel design: We also assist with conveyor layout drawings, network diagrams, and more.
Ensuring Impeccable Quality Standards
At Global ROC, we know upgrading your critical infrastructure can be intimidating or overwhelming.
However, we also know how beneficial these updates and enhancements are to protecting your business, securing your data, and keeping your day-to-day operations running smoothly.
We appreciate our customers for trusting us with their ICS/DCS network security needs, and we hold ourselves to impeccable quality standards.
We go through rigorous, multi-step quality control processes throughout project execution to ensure everything is done correctly.
Hire a Professional to Improve Your Critical Infrastructure
Global ROC’s innovative technology solutions can help you improve critical infrastructure and boost security and reliability at your facility.
When you partner with us at Global ROC, our team will collaborate to create and implement solutions that maximize efficiency, improve visibility, and boost the overall security of your day-to-day operations.
Get in touch today to learn more about our industrial networking and cybersecurity services.