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The Real-World Threat of Cyberattacks on Water infrastructure

Do you remember the last time you didn’t have water? Reliable water delivery is something many of us take for granted. Our local water treatment plant sits at the edge of our neighborhood, and I pass it every day on my way to take the kids to school. Not a lot seems to go on there, so it never occurred to me that I should be concerned about an attack on this critical infrastructure. What does occur to me is the possibility of a cyberattack on our water system.

New CIP standards: Why utilities shouldn't wait to deploy

On May 9, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) officially adopted new Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) requirements for Internal Network Security Monitoring (INSM). This is one of the last steps before Federal regulators make it an official standard for utilities and the electrical power grid industry. What does it mean? Compliance for CIP-015-1 is coming to your utility. Utilities will need monitoring tools with deep and wide asset intelligence and network control.

EU Is Tightening Cybersecurity for Energy Providers

The energy sector is having a tumultuous decade. During the COVID pandemic, the price of oil plummeted. In 2021, a ransomware attack forced one of the US’s most significant oil pipelines to cease operations for five days, causing a state of emergency in seventeen states. Putin’s war in Ukraine has disrupted natural gas supplies across Europe. And now, it seems, it is the electricity providers’ turn to suffer a blow.

Securing the unseen: MITRE's EMB3D framework for embedded devices

The security of embedded devices is in the news over the last few years, especially IoT assets and OT systems. From connected medical devices to industrial control systems to smartwatches and building automation, connected IoT devices will expand to over 25 billion by 2028.

Defining the Threat Created by the Convergence of IT and OT in Critical Infrastructure

Critical infrastructure facilities operated by the private and public sectors face a complex and continuously growing web of security threats that are compounded by the increasing convergence of information and operational technology (OT) in this area.

EPA Alert Warns Nation's Drinking Water at Risk: SecurityScorecard's recommendations for securing critical infrastructure

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned that cyberattacks against water utilities across the country are becoming more frequent and more severe. The agency urged water systems to take immediate actions to protect the nation’s drinking water. According to the EPA, there are more than 150,000 public water systems across the U.S. serving over 300 million people—virtually all of which are administered and secured at local levels of government.

Defending the Energy Sector Against Cyber Threats: Insights from Trustwave SpiderLabs

It has always been clear, even before the Colonial Pipeline attack, that the energy sector is a prime target for not only criminal threat groups, but also nation-state actors. After all, halting fuel and energy supplies can quickly bring a region to a halt and thus require the highest level of cyber and physical security possible.

Trustwave Backs Multinational OT Security Recommendations to Protect Critical Infrastructure

The Canadian, US, and UK governments issued a series of recommendations in their just-released security alert Defending OT Operations Against Ongoing Pro-Russia Hacktivist Activity, which mirror my own insights on the important topic. The alert notes that all three governments are aware of pro-Russia hacktivists targeting and compromising small-scale OT systems in North American and European Water and Wastewater Systems (WWS), Dams, Energy, and Food and Agriculture sectors.

Using Metrics that Matter to Protect Critical Infrastructure

Critical infrastructure services in North America face accelerating threats from both nation-states and other sophisticated threat actors. Governments globally are grappling with how to best balance incentives, support, and direct oversight. Meanwhile, critical infrastructure owners and operators face significant challenges with technology, staff resources, and expertise to better manage cyber resilience.

Strengthening ANZ's Critical Infrastructure Sectors Against Cyber Threats in 2024

As 2024 continues forward, Australia and New Zealand’s critical infrastructure sectors face significant cybersecurity challenges. Critical infrastructure (CI) sectors–encompassing energy, healthcare, transportation, water, and communication–are at a pivotal moment in their evolution. The rapid digitisation of these sectors brings not only unprecedented efficiency and connectivity but also a significantly expanded attack surface.