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Industrial Control Systems are empowering industries to monitor and control the critical infrastructure remotely. This provides great convenience, allowing for a distributed workforce with real time monitoring and control access. However, it also creates a big security concern, producing a need for security testing, auditing, and monitoring.

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I just came back from a great week at RSA. It was exciting to see how many customers stopped by our booth to inquire about the Cybersecurity Framework recently released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Framework’s objective is to improve the security posture of public and private organizations that manage critical infrastructures. Companies stopping by our booth were interested in finding out how Spirent test solutions could help them meet the Framework’s requirements.

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It’s almost daily that we hear about one company after another with a data security breach of some kind. As recently reported by The New York Times, the Korea Credit Bureau is just one of the latest victims—with credit card details stolen from almost half of all South Koreans and sold to marketing firms. Also reported, the original 30 million affected from the Target data theft is now estimated to be between 70 and 110 million people. InformationWeek is calling the recent distributed denial-of-service attack (DDos) on Cloudflare one of the largest DDoS attack ever recorded, eclipsing the Spamhaus attack of last year. And the list goes on and on…

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Several weeks ago, I received two disturbing emails, one from my airline points program (and no it wasn’t an announcement that I’ve made my 1K for the year yet!) and the other from my bank.  You may know the emails I am talking about, you may have received them yourself.  They informed me my information had been stolen from a 3rd party marketing company.  Looking at the news the following day I realized this was no hoax – this was real.  Well, as a marketi...

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