Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team Report

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on July 2, 2012

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Control Systems Security Program manages and operates the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) to provide focused operational capabilities for defense of control system environments against emerging cyber threats…This report provides a summary of cyber incidents, onsite deployments, and associated findings from the time ICS-CERT was established in 2009 through the end of 2011..The most common infection vector for network intrusion was spear-phishing emails with malicious links or attachments. Spear-phishing accounted for 7 out of 17 incidents. At least one incident involved an infection from a removable USB device.”

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