Microsoft: Cyber risks to critical infrastructure on the rise

(BPT) - Today, Microsoft Corp. released the third edition of Cyber Signals, a quarterly cyberthreat intelligence brief informed by the latest Microsoft threat data and research. This edition offers an expert perspective into the current threat landscape across IT, Internet of Things (IoT), and Operational Technology (OT).

As OT systems underpinning energy, transportation, and other infrastructures become increasingly connected to IT systems and IoT devices, the risk of disruption and damage grows as boundaries blur between these formerly separated technologies. Microsoft has identified unpatched, high-severity vulnerabilities in 75 percent of the most common industrial controllers in customer OT networks.

'Almost every attack we've seen in the last year started from initial access to an IT network that was leveraged into the OT environment. Critical infrastructure security is a worldwide challenge and difficult to tackle. We must be innovative in creating tools and conducting research to learn more about these types of attacks,' explained David Atch, Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Head of IoT/OT Security Research.

You can read the full report here. For a deeper dive into IT, OT, and IoT threats you can also view the Cyber Signals digital briefing and explore the latest cybersecurity insights and updates at Security Insider.

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