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Kaspersky to develop a secure OS for industrial controls
Category : General 17 Oct 2012 05:37 AM | Industry News
The new operating system aims to protect complex industrial systems that have become the target of a variety of high-profile cyberweapons such as Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame and Gauss. Governments are also concerned that the systems that keep critical infrastructure running could be compromised.
With this work, Kaspersky is addressing deep-seated fears that a state-sponsored cyber weapon could take down a country's energy grid through its supervisory, control, and data acquisition (SCADA) networks. The subject has been a concern for more than a decade, and five years ago, a team of whitehat security experts made waves when they claimed to have taken down an industrial power grid in just one day through the old standard social engineering method.
"We’re working on methods of writing software which by design won’t be able to carry out any behind-the-scenes, undeclared activity," Kaspersky said on Tuesday. "This is the important bit: the impossibility of executing third-party code, or of breaking into the system or running unauthorized applications on our OS; and this is both provable and testable."
Most of the details of the OS right now are secret, and some details will actually never be revealed, since the software will be crafted specifically for the industrial partners that Kaspersky serves.