The number of industrial control system (ICS) vulnerabilities disclosed in 2020 increased nearly 25 percent compared to 2019, due largely to the heightened awareness of the risks posed by ICS vulnerabilities and increased focus from researchers and vendors on identifying and remediating the code flaws.

A new research report released Thursday by Claroty said that vendors and industrial organizations must come to grips with these trends and act upon bug reports because the attacks and vulnerabilities will not abate.

Vulnerabilities in ICS products disclosed during the second half of 2020 are most prevalent in the manufacturing, energy, water and wastewater, and commercial facilities industries – all of which are designated as critical infrastructure sectors.

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