Cybersecurity for the Manufacturing Sector: Reduce Data Integrity Breaches with NIST SP 1800–10

Security Framework for Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Transformation

Cyber security is becoming an essential part of the manufacturing industry. It’s no longer just something for IT people to worry about.

Strategy to Protect the ICS/OT platform

By aligning with NIST SP 1800–10B framework, organizations need to break the various milestones into addressable strategy components:

  • Approach — What is going to be the logical design of the strategy? How will the new structure be tested and validated?
  • Architecture — What is the planned architecture for the security control for ICS/OT? Containment, isolation, zero-trust, or network VLAN segmentation?
  • Vulnerabilities — What are the most impactful vulnerabilities by domain within the ICS/OT infrastructure that the new design needs to account for?
  • Scope — What is the expected range of the continuous operation protecting the ICS/OT infrastructure?
  • Assumption — What is the expected compatibility of existing security solutions within the current ICS/OT environment, and what role will these assets have in the new design?
  • Risk Assessment — Under NIST SP 800- 37, what risk management framework will the organization implement during the design and post-implementation phase?
  • Security Control Layout — What will exist in the implementation framework, including privacy controls and category controls, during the implementation of this new design? Will the organization align to the NIST SP 800–53 framework for security control mapping?
  • Technology — What technologies will be added to the security control layout and mapping? What security policies, including software restriction, storage, encryption, and patch management, will be enabled in the security control layout, and by which technology will be the proper adaptive control.?

Security Adaptive Control Considerations

To protect the ICS/OT segment, additional security adaptive controls will need to introduce to help bring additional security capability and protection.

  • The application whitelisting: A list of applications and application components that are authorized.
  • Behavioral anomaly detection: It is an additional protection layer for the network, applied on top of implemented security software. A behavioral anomaly detection system takes its time to gather information from various sources within the network and establish benchmarks or network behavioral standards.
  • File integrity: It refers to the process of protecting a file from unauthorized changes, including cyber-attacks. In other words, a file’s ‘integrity’ is validated to determine whether or not it has been altered after its creation, curation, archiving, or another
  • Remote access: A mechanism supporting access to an organizational information system by a user communicating through an external network.
  • Mitigation of cybersecurity risks
  • Reduction in downtime
  • Network monitoring and asset visibility
  • Responding to the security alerts promptly
  • Formulation of OT cybersecurity strategy
  • Compliance with the cybersecurity standards and best practices

Airgap Zero Trust Isolation Platform and OT Security

Compliance is no longer a matter limited to highly regulated industries. It’s become an increasingly important part of cybersecurity programs for every business and organization.

Conclusion

A company that wants to protect its manufacturing systems and sensitive data from destructive malware, insiders, and unauthorized software should identify the risks associated with these attacks and develop an effective strategy for mitigating them. To get more information on how to identify the necessary security controls and understand the Zero Trust segmentation architecture, schedule a demo at https://airgap.io/forms/schedule-a-demo.

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