Cybersecurity in Power And Utilities
Web App attacks, social engineering, credential theft and ransomware is prevalent across this sector. Given that this industry controls the vast majority of the worlds complex and critical infrastructure, the impact of a successful attack is not only significant, but far reaching.
A large proportion of economic growth comes down to energy. What motivates an attack in this industry is financial gain or wide-spread disruption to gain power often of a political nature. Attacks are regularly carried out by organised crime groups that are opportunistic in nature, who utilise vulnerabilities in systems that organisations in this field are often susceptible to.
Cybersecurity for Renewable Energy Infrastructures
Newer forms of power, such as renewable energy via solar or wind, are often less centralized. Not only does this create new challenges for distribution and storage but also for cybersecurity. Protection for these new network edges is essential.
In the current threat landscape, cyber criminals can disrupt operations of critical infrastructure, creating safety issues for onsite employees and even nearby residents. In addition, disruptions to the generation, transmission, and distribution processes can also make power and utilities unsafe for consumers. Cybersecurity and physical safety systems must be vigilant in preventing physical damage and cyber intrusions.
Lack of integration across the different security elements coupled with architectural fragmentation increases operational inefficiencies. Without integration across OT and IT environments, many security workflows must be managed manually, which both slows processes and creates room for human error. In addition to delaying threat detection, prevention, and responses, architectural silos create redundancies in management of applications and even in software and hardware licensing, thus increasing operational expenditure (OpEx) costs.
Productivity and Uptime
Cyberattacks are often designed to cause delays and interruptions to operations, leaving organizations with significant financial damages. Along with interrupting business continuity, overall productivity is halted when IT and OT systems experience latency because of network inefficiency or cybersecurity events.
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