IEEE Computer article on identifying control system cyber incidents

The article “There Is No Chilling When Your Control System Cybersecurity Is Unfulfilling” is in the December 2023 issue of IEEE Computer magazine. The article discusses the importance of identifying control system incidents as being cyber-related as the identification is the starting point for cyber incident response programs. The example in the article is the shutdown of a data center from chiller system failures caused by control system cyber issues. The control system issues were characterized as “mechanical failures” rather than being identified as cyber-related. As a result, no cyber incident response program was initiated, or cyber investigation performed. The IEEE article was focused on data centers, so it did not address recent control system cyber incidents in rail, electric, water, food, and others that were also not identified as being cyber-related.

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