History of Automation and Industrial Controls Systems and Cybersecurity
Automation and Industrial Control Systems – often referred to as ICS – have an
interesting and fairly long history. Today it’s quite common to see discussions of
industrial controls paired cyber/physical security; however, that’s a relatively recent
phenomenon. This paper will cover some of the history and evolution of today’s control
systems and provide an accounting of how cybersecurity emerged as a significant
concern to their reliability and predictability.