Dragos 2021 Industrial Cybersecurity Year in Review Summary

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By Dragos, Inc.

In 2021, the industrial community attracted high-profile attention. Major cybersecurity incidents struck industrial organizations in a range of sectors, with international headlines detailing everything from a compromise of a water treatment facility with the intent to poison its community to a ransomware attack against a pipeline operator that disrupted gas supplies to the southeastern United States.

These reports underscored the potentially devastating outcomes a security breach of critical infrastructure could have on communities and a country’s economy. They also elevated the discussion the ICS/OT community has been having for years on cyber readiness and brought them to the proverbial kitchen table—and the policymakers’ and regulators’ office desks, too.

With the 2021 Dragos Year in Review, Dragos hopes to provide industrial organizations with meaningful insights that help them more fully understand the cyber risks surrounding their most important assets—their ICS/OT environments. The 2021 Year In Review shares data-driven insights that add context to the sensational stories and evidence from the field of how industrial organizations are progressing in their cybersecurity readiness and where they need to continue their work to provide safe and reliable operations into 2022 and beyond.