Applied Risk: An established leader in Industrial Control Systems security

Applied Risk is focussed on critical infrastructure security and combating security breaches that pose a significant threat. Operating on a global scale, we work with a wealth of large organisations that rely on our expertise to safeguard their critical assets. Our proven experience of identifying vulnerabilities and security risks is based on methodologies honed over years of conducting assessments in industrial environments.

Our engineering experience and cyber security knowledge proves invaluable in securing the critical infrastructures and industrial assets of companies across the globe. We understand the need to maintain secure and reliable control environments, working across a range of industries we deliver solutions tailored to asset owners’ and manufacturers’ security requirements.

Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security is an engineering-based problem that requires an engineering-focused solution. Our offerings includes a wealth of engineering and technical assurance services, combined with comprehensive security assessments that cover the full spectrum of our client’s critical asset requirements while meeting industry standards.

Solutions

Guarding mission-critical industrial systems from the threat of cyber attacks requires a specific and focused security skillset that only comes with deep industry knowledge and associated experience.

Applied Risk helps clients to address and maintain defences against the ever-increasing threats targeting Industrial Automation and Control Systems environments. We enable asset owners, operators, government agencies and suppliers to stay up-to-date and identify appropriate mitigating controls for protecting Process Control and Industrial Automation systems against the latest threats.

Select a product or service below:

  • Products

    ICS Cyber Security Awareness Training
  • Services

    Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) Security
  • ICS/SCADA Security Assessment & Penetration Testing
  • Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA)
  • Embedded Security Assessment
  • Medical Devices Security Assessment
  • IoT Security Assurance Services

Industries

  • Power
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Oil & gas
  • Water
  • Manufacturing
  • Chemicals

Heightened levels of interconnectivity, driven by business requirements, are now leaving Industrial environments increasingly exposed to costly and dangerous cyber attacks, including Denial of Control (DoC); Loss of Control (LoC); Loss of View (LoV); and Manipulation of View (MoV).

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Labs

Applied Risk maintains a significant leadership in the IACS community through its interactions with end users and manufacturers as well as its advanced research initiatives. It is through this work that we can provide unmatched service delivery to its customers and partners.

This section outlines our dedicated research, with a focus on advisories and white papers for ICS/SCADA environments.

  • Advisories

    Our security advisories are the results of research activities conducted by our in-house research team. These focus exclusively on ICS/SCADA devices and technologies.

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  • Vulnerability Disclosure Policy

    It is the policy of the company to exercise the responsible disclosure of security vulnerabilities in a manner that is of maximum value to all affected parties.

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About us

  • Safety
  • Integrity
  • Customer focused
  • Innovation

Applied Risk was founded with one core mission: to secure critical assets in the industrial domain against emergent cyber threats. As a major cyber security player within the Industrial Automation and Process Control field, our primary objective is to offer the most advanced Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security technology solutions.

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Careers

The Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) security field is growing rapidly and Applied Risk continues to grow to meet current and future customers’ needs. As a global IACS leader, we maintain very high levels of cyber security skills, engineering experience, and business confidentiality. If you have a solid background in Control Systems security or industrial automation engineering and are looking for the next level of challenge and commitment, we would like to hear from you.

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Advisory board

Auke Huistra

Auke Huistra
International Cyber Security Expert

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Auke Huistra

Christian Martorella
CISSP, CISM, CISA, OPSA and OPST

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Auke Huistra

Joe Weiss
PE, CISM, CRISC & ISA fellow

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Blog

How To Protect Your ICS/SCADA Against “WANNACRY” Ransomware?

WannaCry ransomware variants are already reported in the wild impacting individuals and organizations around the globe. The main infection vector appears to be phishing e-mails. Once a computer is infected it will attempt to infect other machines on the same network using a recently patched Windows vulnerability.

While WannaCry is not specifically targeting control systems, there are reports indicating that a number of industrial facilities have also suffered, and had to stop production at multiple sites.

From investigations and analysis performed to date, we know that the malware encrypts files, provides the user with a prompt, which includes; a ransom demand, a countdown timer and bitcoin wallet to pay the ransom into.

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The malware uses the vulnerability MS17-010 to propagate through a network using the SMBv1 protocol. This enables the malware to infect additional devices connected to the same network.

Although proper network segmentation of industrial assets, patch management and system hardening should be effective enough to protect OT environment from this debilitating kind of attack.

Applied Risk recommends the following tactical countermeasures to asset owners and operators in order to contain the propagation of this malware:

  • • Remain vigilant and do not open any files from unknown sources
  • • Deploy patch MS17-010
  • • A new patch has been made available for legacy systems
  • Disable the outdated protocol SMBv1
  • • Do not allow connections to the RDP or SMB protocol directly from the internet
  • • Isolate unpatched or unsupported systems from the internal network
  • • Make back-ups and verify that they can be restored

Visit Applied Risk’s Industrial Security Services to find out what steps you can take today to secure your critical assets from emerging cyber threats.