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How Impenetrable Are Your SCADA System Cyberdefenses?

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Prepare to Strengthen Your Security in the Face of Escalating Risk
May 17, 2021

Highly connected SCADA systems are critical to optimizing performance in the energy sector, but this also makes them prime targets for cyberattack. Use this checklist to help make sure you deploy a security strategy robust enough to protect your infrastructure from disruption or shutdown.

Key Considerations for Safeguarding Your SCADA Network

Do your IT and OT teams have a strong collaborative relationship?

They are both expert in building networks, but their network requirements and responsibilities are completely different. However, they have much to learn from each other that can help strengthen overall SCADA security.

Do you have a full inventory and understanding of every device on your network?

Between sensors, controllers, mobile devices, automated machinery and the cloud, your environment is highly complex. Safeguarding your networks and data requires the ability to accurately track and control every connected component.

Do you follow patch management best practices?

Regularly installing patches plays a key role in minimizing your system vulnerabilities as well as supporting optimal functionality and performance. Or do you have alternative technology to test and protect against these vulnerabilities, within as well as at the edge of the network?

How diligent are you about password management?

Do you leave full passwords on your system because you’re concerned about restricting access? Do you have a policy in place that requires changing passwords on a regular basis? Do you take advantage of password vulnerability scanners? How many devices have the default password on them to gain access?

How frequently do you conduct penetration testing?

Penetration testing should be completed a minimum of every few months to identify any emerging vulnerabilities and remediate them promptly.

Assessing SCADA vulnerability and effectively deploying a multilayered security strategy requires a comprehensive approach. You can count on CDW to help you confidently manage your risk.

Contact your account team, or give us a call.

800.800.4239

Assessing SCADA vulnerability and effectively deploying a multilayered security strategy requires a comprehensive approach. You can count on CDW to help you confidently manage your risk.

Contact your account manager, or give us a call.

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