April 2012

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HP Automation Safety: The imaginary hacker

Under recent economic conditions, it is understandable that a control-system cyber-security audit is not the top priority for many plant operators. Less staff due to layoffs and deferred maintenance c..

Goble, W., exida LLC

Under recent economic conditions, it is understandable that a control-system cyber-security audit is not the top priority for many plant operators. Less staff due to layoffs and deferred maintenance can present a clear, tangible threat to operations. Too often, “the imaginary hacker,” discussed in many papers and blogs, is often considered as a non-credible threat. No matter how many blogs, magazine articles and white papers are written, a real credible threat to a refinery or petrochemical facility from some vague person or organization seems “imaginary” to those controlling plant budgets. Stuxnet—The structure of cyber-attacks. Some believed that control-sys

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