Over the past five years, Dragos has observed an increase in ransomware used against industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT) environments. The ransomware used in these cyber attacks has been both intentional and unintentional in nature, yet it has made this threat the most common cause of compromise in the industrial sector in the past year.
Knowing how to prepare for and respond to ransomware threats in ICS/OT environments requires a different approach than for IT. IT-focused response plans cannot simply be re-used in OT. OT incident response plans (IRPs) and playbooks must be ICS-specific and be tested, exercised, and validated in these environments to be effective.
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