The Increase of cyberattacks to industrial control systems led to introducing BlockChain technology to battle the onslaught of threats in industrial security.

Industrial control systems are vulnerable. Cyberattacks come in record numbers, disrupting systems and changing control information that result in shutdowns in production. Administrators have even received emails on numerous accounts from malicious software designed to gain entry, and govern, common controllers for industrial systems.

BlockChain technology provides immutable and impenetrable cyber protection to those systems.

What is BlockChain?

BlockChain (aka distributed ledger technology) is a series of immutable records of data that is managed by clusters of decentralized computers.

Initiated by a user’s “transaction” process, information is collected (i.e. a block) and then verified by thousands of decentralized, distributed network of computers.  The blocks are then bound to one another on a “chain”. With each block’s own inimitable record and unique history, it becomes virtually impossible to corrupt a single block of data without corrupting those blocks on the chain that preclude and follow.

It is a way to pass information from A to B in an automated and safe manner. BlockChain allows digital information to be shared without risking data corruption, copies, or tampered.

Industrial control systems are vulnerable. Cyberattacks come in record numbers, disrupting systems and changing control information that result in shutdowns in production. 

BlockChain technology provides immutable and impenetrable cyber protection to those systems.

Threats to Industrial Security

“Right in the cross-hairs of hackers’ sights is the oil and gas industry, slowly digitizing its IioT (Industrial Internet of Things) systems.” – Jean-Marc Ollagnier – Forbes 

Industrial Security has critical infrastructure that becomes a target for hackers. Modern systems like SCADA or ICS are increasingly complex, but as more are connected to IOT, the higher the number of corruptible systems there are.

From small dish satellite systems (VSATs) to full gaining access or control of a company’s Control Systems has been the goal. Corrupting even the smallest of systems (such as generators, exploration charts, flow control, or emergency shutdowns) can result in large financial loss and production chaos.

Tamperproof Security

In short, corrupting a single block means to corrupt the chain in millions of instances. One would need to create a new block faster than an entire network of computers. This is the true security behind “decentralization” – a distributed trust model that puts a cyberattacker up against the computing power of thousands.

The Data Safeguard

This lies behind BlockChain’s immutability. Once a block is made, it cannot be deleted or modified once it’s on the chain. The system provides an audit trail of administrative access to the network, application, or data and allows companies to detect unverified attempts to access the system.

Edge Fabric Security

GlobaLogix in 2018 has had a solution for using the first ever BlockChain for IiOT, providing comprehensive BlockChain-protected on-site security for Industrial operations. The combination of BlockChain and encryption ensures more security, redundancy, self-healing, and real-time autonomous operation.

Any-to-any cooperation among machines, people, and applications is the foundation for edge security fabric across connected devices in a secure data exchange.

  1. User/Role based access
  2. Identity and Authentication
  3. Credential Management
  4. Industrial Protocols
  5. Audit & Compliance
  6. Tamperproof and self-healing
With Industry 4.0, automation and data sharing needs enhanced cybersecurity. Centralized, connected devices and applications across organizations leave themselves open to cyberattacks.The ability to combat that with flexible, adaptive, and distributed network makes their BlockChain technology the best answer to upgrade energy’s security against increased threats.

“By tamperproofing industrial control systems, Xage creates the cybersecurity foundation for increased automation and more robust data.” Chuck Drobny – President and CEO, GlobaLogix

Chuck Drobny, CEO of GlobaLogix, Inc