Operational technology vulnerabilities increased by 46%, Skybox Security research reveals
New threat intelligence research finds critical infrastructure at heightened risk
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 14, 2021 /CNW/ -- Skybox Security, a global leader in security posture management, today released its annual Mid-Year Vulnerability and Threat Trends Report, offering new threat intelligence research on the frequency and scope of global malicious activity. The Skybox Research Lab analysts found that new vulnerabilities in operational technology (OT) devices were up 46% in the first half of 2021, putting vital critical infrastructure at risk.
"Critical infrastructure is the backbone of global enterprises and governments. Operational technology enables revenue creation and business continuity. Yet, despite the criticality, the cybersecurity measures in place are still weak or nonexistent," said Gidi Cohen, CEO and founder, Skybox Security. "Experts warned for years that vital infrastructure is a sitting duck and that it was only a matter of time before they came under widespread assault. Now, those predictions have come true."
To make matters worse, it can be difficult or impossible to identify and remediate OT vulnerabilities through scanning and patching. Nearly all major vendors of OT equipment reported increases in vulnerabilities, especially Siemens. Threat actors are taking advantage of these OT weaknesses in ways that don't just imperil individual companies but also threaten public safety and the global economy.
Skybox Security threat intelligence analyzes exploits in the wild to prioritize vulnerabilities tat need remediation. Key findings presented in this mid-year update include:
"The sheer volume of accumulated security debt — hundreds of thousands or even millions of vulnerabilities — means that security teams can't possibly isolate and patch all of them. Malware evolves like viruses, with new variants springing up opportunistically in response to changing environments," said Stav Kaufman, lead analyst, Skybox Research Lab. "As a result, enterprises need precise, exposure-based solutions that cut through the noise, pinpoint the real security threats and enable practical, cost-effective remediation."
For more threat intelligence analysis, download the full report.
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