Rockall said: “Cyber threats around Industrial Control Systems (ICS) does pose a risk to many critical infrastructure companies however, while the possibility that we might see a cyber-induced Deep Water Horizon or an Exonn Valdise type disaster is there, the chances of a breach of this scale is still is low; the level of knowledge required to attack these systems would stop anyone other than the very best-funded cyber terrorists or hacktivists.
"What we see as the biggest risk for C-suite executives is the production outages that lead to real bottom line losses. Those executives that are not taking action to trace those that have been caused by cyber incident, against those caused by "normal" operational incidents, are likely to struggle the most when it comes to managing this risk alongside the rest of the issues that come with running a business.
“Accountability is key. Responsible senior managers should be making sure there are people in place who are accountable and responsible for managing cyber risk. Often, where breaches have occurred, it is because people lack the skills and knowledge to pragmatically apply them in the engineering world. Everyone has their part to play.”
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