A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 180 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 81 countries worldwide, and 186 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, Spanish – t.me/RoscongressEsp and Arabic t.me/RosCongressArabic. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation:roscongress.org.

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The State of Industrial Cybersecurity 2018

Industrial cybersecurity is a relatively new topic. However, the number of industrial systems connected to the outside world is constantly growing, and it is already clear that cybersecurity of Industrial Control Systems (ICSs) is a matter of crucial importance.

This report covers a range of topics related to factors that have an effect, either positive or negative, on industrial security and to possible strategies for ensuring maximum protection against cyberthreats. The aim of the study was to discover the current state of ICS cybersecurity systems globally, as well as possible development paths. The analysis was based on the results of a survey of 320 decision-makers in the area of industrial cybersecurity and 12 independent experts. The survey was conducted by means of interviews and a detailed questionnaire. The survey is conducted annually since 2017.

ICS security violations are certain to cause considerable losses. Cyber incidents and breaches in security have a direct negative impact on profits.

Cybersecurity of ICSs is a matter of grave importance because cyber attacks on automated process control systems are getting increasingly common. Many enterprises are increasing their investments in automated systems and are actively engaged in digital transformation. However, many companies don’t introduce the required security measures, nor comply with industrial cybersecurity guidelines, even on a minimal scale.

According to the results of the survey, less than a half of the respondents have ever faced security breaches. However, it must be noted that not all of the respondents were in a position to detect the attack. Lack of cyberthreats detection skills presents a serious problem.

Other constraining factors include a shortage of qualified specialists and insufficient interaction between departments.

Cybersecurity of industrial digital infrastructures requires a close interaction between the IT unit and the ICS specialists. These departments have different tasks but, as industrial systems are getting increasingly deeply integrated into the IT infrastructure of the enterprise, their interaction is becoming essential.

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