A new article by Stan Engelbrecht, Director of D3’s Cyber Security Practice, is currently featured on SecurityWeek. Cyber attacks can cluster around certain industries for a period of time, once a particular method of attack has proven to be successful. Examples in recent years include ransomware in healthcare and user data breaches in tech. In this SecurityWeek article, Stan describes why mass transit could become a common target in the near future. In the following excerpt, Stan outlines the potential for terrorist or criminal attacks against transit systems, due to their reliance on vulnerable systems.
Unlike most industries, where the potential consequences of poor cybersecurity are largely financial or privacy-driven, an attack on a public transit system has the potential to be lethal. Vulnerable SCADA systems could be hijacked by terrorists or cyber-criminals to cause derailing or collisions. While this nightmare scenario has not yet occurred, there have been numerous incidents involving mass transit and other SCADA-dependent industries that paint a clear picture of how it could happen:
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