Fifteen predictions for ICS cybersecurity in 2018


While 2017 will be known for some rather big cybersecurity threats in industrial control systems (ICS), this year will bring certain changes, especially when it comes to cybersecurity of these systems.

According to some reports, the most significant threat to ICS security in 2017 was ransomware attacks which ended up in over $5 billion in damages and should reach staggering US $11.5 billion by 2019.

While Stuxnet was the most famous one, Industroyer (also known as CrashOverride) was the first attack that targeted physical systems. When it comes to ransomware attacks, WannaCry and Petya have certainly pushed industrial enterprises to reconsider their cybersecurity and protection of essential systems.

IIoT World site got a couple of cybersecurity specialists, Eddie Habibi, CEO of PAS, Edgard Capdevielle, CEO of Nozomi Networks and Galina Antova, Co-founder of Claroty, to share their predictions for ICS cybersecurity in 2018.

Some of the key predictions include disclosing critical infrastructure cyberattacks will be mandatory, which will allow both companies and countries to faster remedy the threat and even push them to form nation-state cyber alliances, increase in cybersecurity for key industry systems, increased ban of certain security software products and more.

Most of these experts also agree that we will see even more serious and complex cyberattacks as well as the evolution of cybersecurity solutions with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning, the rise in ICS attacks, and a significant focus of security vendors to offer full security services.

You can check out the full list of these ICS cybersecurity predictions over at


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