Attacks on Industrial and Cyber Physical Systems
Cyber criminals can attack industrial facilities that include— Critical infrastructures such as power generation, transmission & distribution, water utilities, mass transit systems and manufacturing for various purposes, e.g. to develop future attacks anticipated to sabotage the facility or to steal large scale investments intellectual property & exponential technologies. In addition, cyber criminals can intentionally compromise human & environmental safety, trigger an attack to a different location, initiate misunderstanding and panic between citizens, obtain financial revenue for a criminal organization, and cause major market fluxes and advantages for particular market companies.
The frequency and sophistication of cyber-threats towards Industrial Control Systems (ICS) continues to increase. This reality, coupled with the increased inter connectivity of ICS and enterprise networks and the utilization of standard system platforms and operating systems, has raised the potential risk to both the security and safety of critical infrastructure . Depending on the objectives and goals of the attack, the malicious attacker will use various system weaknesses to conduct cyber attacks.