US Industrial Control Systems Attacked 245 Times in 12 Months


Bayshore Blog Post: v3

March 17, 2015

From US industrial control systems attacked 245 times in 12 months

Dan Worth writes in v3 that US industrial control systems were hit by cyber attacks at least 245 times over a 12-month period, according to the US Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT).

ICS-CERT, operates within the National Cybersecurity and Integration Center as a part of the Department of Homeland Security. The report is classed as covering the 2014 fiscal year which, under US government dates, was between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014.

The disturbing trend is reflected in other studies as well. Adam Greenberg reports in SC Magazine that 71 percent of organizations were successfully attacked in 2014. That's according to the “2015 Cyberthreat Defense Report” from CyberEdge Group, which surveyed 814 IT security decision makers and practitioners from organizations – in 19 industries – across North America and Europe.

Altogether, 71 percent of respondents said that their organization's global network was compromised by a successful cyber attack in 2014 – a number that jumped up from 62 percent in 2013. 22 percent said that their organization experienced six or more successful attacks, according to the report.

At least one government agency is planning counter-measures. According to Tony Capaccio at

Bloomberg, the Pentagon is requesting $5.5B for FY16 cyber activities. That's about $537M over the $5B approved this fiscal year by Congress, according to new five-year spending plan. That includes $2.6B requested for cyberspace operations - and a total of $13.3B requested through 2020.

Kirby Wadsworth

As Chief Marketing Officer at Bayshore Networks, Kirby is on a mission to educate and inspire leaders to act now to protect our industrial infrastructure - and our way of life - from cyber threats. Bringing more than two decades of executive leadership in both public enterprises and emerging startups, Kirby is a published author, keynote speaker, teacher, and frequent contributor to over 20,000 online followers.