Critical Infrastructure

Critical Infrastructure news, information, and how-to advice

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A guide to business continuity planning in the face of natural disasters

Natural disasters often strike with little to no warning, but their operational and economic impact to organizations can be devastating. Preparation is the best defense against these disasters, and the time for preparing is now –...

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Dan Geer: Cybersecurity is 'paramount national security risk'

Cybersecurity and the future of humanity “are conjoined now,” according to In-Q-Tel’s Dan Geer. The cybersecurity futurist, in the closing keynote at SOURCE Boston 2017, gave a sobering look at what is likely to come in a world where...

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Cyber infrastructure: Too big to fail, and failing

Just about everybody – from enterprises to individuals – depend on cyber protection. They aren’t getting that much, according to the Atlantic Council’s Joshua Corman.

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Cybersecurity companies to watch

CBInsights created a list of startups that its metrics showed has early-to mid-stage high-momentum companies pioneering technology with the potential to transform cybersecurity. 

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Protecting vital water infrastructure

Safe drinking water is a necessity for protecting public health and safety. Water systems in the United States perpetuate all human activity and properly treated wastewater is vital for preventing disease and protecting the...

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New report examines the weaknesses of industrial environments

A new report from FireEye examines the attack surfaces shared by a number of industrial enterprise operations, including electric utilities, petroleum companies, and manufacturing organizations. The six weaknesses outlined by FireEye...

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Getting smarter about building smart cities

Security risks to consider with more interconnected devices used in the critical infrastructure of smart cities

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Refuting urban legends of the energy sector

A Houston Chronicle article makes many missteps in its reporting that must be addressed.

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Myth-busting the urban legends surrounding the energy sector

A U.S. newspaper recently printed an article, "Hacked: Energy industry controls provide an alluring target for cyberattacks", focusing on purported cybersecurity weaknesses across the energy sector. John Bryk sets the record straight....

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Critical infrastructure: Off the web, out of danger?

For more than a decade there have been warnings that US critical infrastructure is vulnerable to a cyber “Pearl Harbor” attack. Those overseeing the grid say that is close to impossible, since control systems are not connected to the...

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Do you have an incident response plan in place?

Details matter when developing an incident response (IR) plan. But, even the most successful IR plans can lack critical information, impeding how quickly normal business operations are restored.

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Why the Ukraine power grid attacks should raise alarm

The cyber-attacks in Ukraine are the first publicly acknowledged incidents to result in massive power outages. Grid defenders should develop anticipatory responses to these and other ICS attacks.

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Report: some small cities have surprisingly high number of exposed devices

This morning, Trend Micro released a report about the exposed cyberassets in the top U.S. cities and most critical industry segments -- and in many cases, it was the smaller municipalities that had the largest number of problems.

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Researcher develops ransomware attack that targets water supply

A security researcher is showing that it’s not hard to hold industrial control systems for ransom. He's experimented with a simulated water treatment system based on actual programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and documented how...

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Experts worried about ransomware hitting critical infrastructure

Expect ransomware to grow more aggressive in the coming years, including higher ransom payments and attempts to go beyond attacking data -- by shutting down entire computer systems to utilities or factories.

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The private sector is the key to success for the Department of Homeland Security

Infrastructure protection is a shared responsibility that cannot be met by government alone.

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How to wake the enterprise from IoT security nightmares

Solutions present and future for IoT security scares that keep you up at night.

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In 2017, real action on cybersecurity will happen after loss of life

Post describing the possibility of a hybrid terrorist attack involving a conventional, real-world component amplified by a simultaneous distributed denial of service attack directed at first responder computing infrastructure.

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