Mobile SCADA application landscape less secure than in 2015

In two years, SCADA security has worsened to the tune of an average increase of 1.6 vulnerabilities per application tested

IOActive and Embedi security researchers looked at the security of mobile SCADA apps back in 2015 and security was not brilliant. They have now repeated that research, and oh boy are things getting worse. So what’s going wrong, and why isn’t security getting better in this supposedly cyber-aware era?

When the original research was conducted during Black Hat 2015, ‘only’ 50 issues were found across 20 such mobile SCADA applications. Yet the publication of a new whitepaper today by researchers at IOActive and Embedi, reveals 147 security vulnerabilities across 34 mobile applications used with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. The latest research suggests, within just two years, the security situation has got worse to the tune of an average increase of 1.6 vulnerabilities per application tested.

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