This fascinating case study focuses on the destructive malware that is specifically designed to target the industrial computer-controlled systems. In the mainstream IT/IS arena, computer security is very well understood. It is also managed and implemented effectively. Unfortunately this is not necessarily the case when it comes to a wide variety of computer controlled industrial equipment. The number of cyber-attacks and their diversity is on the increase, which creates a major threat. This major issue needs to be addressed right now and radical changes need to be implemented as soon as possible.
The case is aimed at students on operations management, supply chain, logistics and business systems courses. It will provide them with vital knowledge about malware and computer controlled systems. It presents and explains useful and essential definitions such as BSOD (blue screen of death) and zero-day vulnerability. It also explores the many problems encountered when dealing with malware and looks at consumer grade computer operating systems and networks in industrial production facilities.
This important and ground-breaking case study offers the reader vital information about legacy industrial control systems. It also looks at one of the most contentious areas of industrial production; the nuclear industry. The questions and suggested answers give students and practitioners guidance towards implementing change.
Lucian Tipi is a principal lecturer in Business Systems in the department of Finance, Accounting and Business within Sheffield Business School.