Safeguarding Devices—Not Just Data—From Cyberattacks
IT is important, but OT is critical. For engineers, this urgent situation offers an opportunity to reexamine cybersecurity solutions for the machines and infrastructure that run the world.
Speaking at the sixth annual Boston Conference on Cyber Security at Boston College in June 2022, FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed that the agency had thwarted a planned cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital the previous summer. • As the Boston Globe reported, the FBI, working with the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Australian Cyber Security Centre, and the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre, discovered that “hackers associated with the Iranian government” had accessed the environmental control network in an effort to breach its data networks through its third-party HVAC system or to commandeer the facility’s temperature control system.