Cyber-Security in Industrial Operations Management

A recent post on the Managing Automation blog looks at new cyber-security guidelines for industrial control systems published by a consortium that features industry heavyweights such as BP, Shell and DuPont. The growing need to protect industrial and critical systems from the developing threat of cyber crime prompts the blog to refer to cyber-security as the "top operations management trend in 2011." This would seem especially true given the sophistication and severity of the recent Stuxnet worm.

As reported on Managing Automation,

Manufacturers can't afford to merely react to a targeted attack like Stuxnet. The stakes, including loss of intellectual property and revenue, safety risks for employees and the public, and perhaps damage to critical infrastructure, are way too high for companies not to proactively fight anonymous cyber-enemies.