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Critical manufacturing vulnerabilities spike in the first half of 2021

A new report from Nozomi Networks Labs says that cyber threats are growing at an alarming rate in the first half of 2021. Attacks are driven largely by the emergence of  Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) gangs that are cashing in on critical infrastructure organizations.

Analysis of rising ICS vulnerabilities found critical manufacturing was the most susceptible industry, while assessment of IoT security cameras highlights how quickly the attack surface is expanding.

Key findings from Nozomi Networks’ latest ‘OT/IoT Security Report’ include:

  • Analysis of DarkSide, REvil and Ryuk highlight the growing dominance of RaaS models.
  • ICS-CERT vulnerabilities increased 44 percent in the first half of 2021.
  • Vulnerabilities in the critical manufacturing sector rose 148 percent.
  • The top three industries affected included critical manufacturing, a grouping identified as multiple industries, and the energy sector.
  • Software supply chain-related vulnerabilities continue to surface – as do medical device vulnerabilities.
  • With more than a billion CCTV cameras expected to be in production globally this year, insecure IoT security cameras are a growing concern. The report includes an analysis of the Verkada breach and security vulnerabilities in Reolink cameras and ThroughTek software – discovered by Nozomi Networks Labs.

“As industrial organizations embrace digital transformation, those with a wait and see mindset are learning the hard way that they weren’t prepared for an attack,” said Nozomi Networks CEO Edgard Capdevielle. “Threats may be on the rise, but technologies and practices to defeat them are available now. We encourage organizations to adopt a post-breach mindset pre-breach and strengthen their security and operational resiliency before it’s too late.”

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