Cybersecurity awareness in an industrial control systems company

Stefan Prins, Annlizé Marnewick, Suné von Solms

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This paper investigates the cybersecurity awareness levels of employees at an industrial control systems organization and measures their knowledge on the potential impact of cyber-related attacks on their systems through a case study. Attacks on industrial control systems as well as the information technology infrastructure which it relies on, are becoming a growing problem for governments and organizations. Cybersecurity policies of organizations are critical to ensure that industrial control systems environments are adequately protected. It is equally important for the organizations to ensure that their employees are aware of the cybersecurity policies and why they must be implemented. In many cases, however, organizations are faced with employees who are not aware of the potential cyber-related security threats posed to their industrial control systems, nor the impact these attacks might have. Results show that although employees understand the severity of cyber vulnerabilities their awareness is low.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ECCWS 2020
EditorsThaddeus Eze, Lee Speakman, Cyril Onwubiko
PublisherCurran Associates Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781912764617
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event19th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ECCWS 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 25 Jun 202026 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameEuropean Conference on Information Warfare and Security, ECCWS
ISSN (Print)2048-8602
ISSN (Electronic)2048-8610


Conference19th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ECCWS 2020
CityVirtual, Online


  • Awareness
  • Cybersecurity
  • Industrial control systems
  • Vulnerabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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