Critical infrastructure has become a prime target for cyberattacks, as digital systems continue to replace traditional controls and introduce new, unknown, and complex cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Operators of critical systems are now faced with the challenge of mitigating cyberattacks while maintaining reliability and availability.

Data Center
Many organizations work continually to consolidate data centers and optimize utilization with private or public clouds, which leads to efficiency but can unintentionally raise the risk of scaling attacks across cloned and virtual configurations. Adversaries target IT servers, storage devices, routers, switches, and even firewalls. Attackers can burrow beneath the operating system to gain complete administrative control over a router and subsequently launch attacks against other systems and routers in the same network.

Energy and Utilities
Traditionally analog and disparate, today’s connected industrial control systems (ICS) and SCADA systems now provide attackers the advantage of infiltrating just one system to gain control of every system and device connected to it. As a result, a single successful cyberattack could potentially take an entire sector of critical infrastructure offline, disrupting operations, denying availability, costing millions of dollars per hour, and risking public safety.

Communications
Massive investment has gone into securing and encrypting the communications devices, links, and data we all rely on today for virtually every aspect of our lives. Each piece of communications equipment in the chain, however, contains software and firmware with chronic vulnerabilities that can serve as landing points for cyber attacks. Moreover, many parts of our communications networks are identical, making them susceptible to potentially devastating replication attacks.

Automotive
Automotive and vehicle fleets are more connected than ever, with telematics systems, communications systems, electronic logging and more proliferating attack vectors.These vectors can enable cyber criminals to take over vehicle operations, and steal sensitive data and high value cargo. While connected vehicles certainly enable safety, mobility, and environmental efficiencies, adding interconnectivity introduces significant new risks to fleet operators, drivers, and even the general public.

Healthcare
The abundance of internet-connected devices that collect and share patient data has greatly increased the attack surface and the number of possible vulnerabilities within the healthcare delivery system.In addition, today’s medical devices can connect to home-based routers, public Wi-Fi, or cellular networks to relay data to hospitals, specialists, insurance companies, and care providers. Electronic Health Records are highly valued on the dark web, so each connection point presents another potential point of entry for hackers.

The RunSafe Advantage

RunSafe Security’s Alkemist immunizes software so you prevent attacks, avoid service disruptions, and minimize damage to your operations. Alkemist inoculates software using RASP techniques such as binary stirring, load-time function randomization, and stack frame randomization. These processes ensure that attackers can’t calculate in advance how to successfully execute their code. This can prevent an entire class of malware attacks related to software vulnerabilities and zero-day exploits from disrupting critical technology such as life-saving healthcare devices in operation, safety-critical systems in transportation, and other essential infrastructure services we rely on daily.

By hardening software binaries, data center security teams can eliminate an entire class of cyberattacks.