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Mark Farley Quoted in Forbes on Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Process Controls

Firm News | July 18, 2017

Environmental and Workplace Safety practice co-head Mark Farley was quoted by Forbes regarding recent cyberattacks launched by Russian hackers against the US energy power grid and potential related concerns for America's industrial infrastructure. Mark stated, "Chemical manufacturing facilities and oil refineries represent targets for terrorists or others committed to industrial sabotage." He noted that the most vulnerable are likely those facilities that rely on automated process control systems. Mark cautioned industrial processes are particularly at risk, stating, "The emergence of the Stuxnet worm in 2010, which is believed to be the first malware created specifically to target such control systems, exposed their vulnerability to cyberattack, not just by terrorists, but by foreign governments." This could ultimately result in a major incident a chemical or energy plant, such as a ruptured pipe or a storage tank explosion, endangering workers, the public and the environment. Mark also offered practical advice that owners and operators should consider in safeguarding against cybersecurity threats. ("Blackout: The Other Russian Hacking Scandal," July 18, 2017)