Cybercrime is increasing in Australia – The targets of Cyberattacks now include automation systems, industrial networks, and farms. Each of these has an increasing amount of internet connected technology. For farms, everything from tractors to milking platforms to soil moisture sensors are connected to the internet and may have some level of vulnerability.
The good news is there are simple steps you can take to improve your online security and system protection.
The ASCSS recommended suggestions and minimum steps include:
• Always apply patches and updates
• Always back up your data frequently
• Consider two factor authentication 2FA or multi factor authentication
• Train or remind staff to look for suspicious emails/texts.
• Ensure your modem/devices do not have the default password.
• Make a plan. It is easier to think about all the consequences of the situation now, rather than during an attack. Remember to consider all your automation and connected systems when considering a plan.
• Reset your devices before selling or disposing of them.
• Stay informed.
It is a good idea to use these alerts as part of your regular team or staff updates to improve resilience.
The Australian Federal Police also have a good selection of resources: https://www.afp.gov.au/
I think this quote from the AFP sums it up nicely:
“One of the best tools we have for fighting cybercriminals is you.
We need every Australian to understand different types of cybercrime and the simple steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim.”
Commander Chris Goldsmid
AFP Cyber Command
Many of our DATRAN SCADA systems are used by local councils who have strong IT networks and protection. These systems are increasingly using cellular data, remote access and IoT technologies, so adhering to the recommendations is just as important as ensuring the software it patched and updated.