Report flags concerning rise in malicious software targeting ICS computers

Published on: 12 Sep 2018

Two in five industrial control systems (ICS) computers were attacked by malicious software at least once in the first half of 2018.

Regular research from Kaspersky Lab has noted a consistent rise in the percentage of attacks on ICS computers.

In the first six months of 2017, the percentage of ICS computers attacked was 36.61, rising to 37.75 per cent for the second half of that year, and climbing again to 41.2 per cent for H1 2018.

According to the study, the countries most impacted by ICS computer attacks by percentage in the first half of 2018 were Vietnam (75.1 per cent), Algeria (71.6 per cent) and Morocco (65 per cent), while the safest region was deemed to be Denmark (14 per cent).

Kirill Kruglov, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, said that the percentage of cyber attacks on ICS computers was a concern.

“Our advice is to pay attention to systems’ security from the very beginning of their integration when the systems’ elements are first connected to the internet,” he commented.

“Neglecting security solutions at this stage could lead to dire consequences.”

Check out Kaspersky Lab’s full report at