The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is on in full force right now and Belden’s booth (7236) has been busy. Liaising with our booth staff I have heard that safety and security are hot topics with attendees this year. Well here is a topic they should know about, that is, why offshore networks need SCADA security with Deep Packet Inspection (DPI).
Let me give you some context. The critical systems managing production and safety on offshore platforms are largely based on legacy SCADA and Industrial Control System (ICS) products and protocols. Many of these products are decades old and were never designed with security in mind. Yet nowadays they are connected to other systems using Ethernet and TCP/IP. That has been great for efficiency but it exposes mission critical production systems to malware. Read more