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The Human ‘Attack Surface’ May Be Your Weakest Link

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The term “attack surface” is security jargon for the sum of your security risk exposure. It is the aggregate of all known, unknown, reachable and potentially exploitable weaknesses and vulnerabilities across the organization. All organizations regardless of industry have an attack surface.

Fortunately, awareness of weaknesses, prioritization of risk, and layered defenses can reduce the attack surface and limit disruption, enhance predictable operations, and lower business risk.

What is the Human Attack Surface in ICS Environments?

“Securing the human” is easy to overlook. Simply defined, the human attack surface is the sum of all exploitable security holes or gaps created by humans within your ICS operations environment.

Human behaviors in ICS realms are no different than those within many professional settings. A significant difference is that errors or negligence can have serious physical consequences even with safety instrumented systems in place.

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