As assets become increasingly dispersed, new devices join the grid, and the number of third-party service providers grows, cybersecurity will become even more important.
What You're Protecting
- High voltage (HV) transformer uptime
- Public safety (chaos from prolonged downtime)
- Key systems from outside control (ransomware)
- Power plant stability (forced combustion)
- Water preservation and distribution (public health)
- Generator destruction (forced phase reversal)
Like most enterprises, utility grids have many controlled systems on closed and/or open networks. Unfortunately, as additional devices are introduced into an organization, attack vector paths can broaden if the correct configurations and maintenance regime is not implemented. The national grid is not immune to this threat.
Electrical grids utilize a wide variety of internet-connected systems including, but not limited to, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Distributed Control System) (DCS), Windows Servers, and more.
Threats to the power grid have increased and several U.S. Federal Government agencies have issued warnings for industrial control system (ICS) devices as a threat vector for state-backed hackers who are using them for malware purposes. CISA, DOE, NSA, and the FBI have recently released warnings regarding this issue.
Percentage of breaches in the utility industry that resulted from phishing
Percentage of the nation's power infrastructure that is privately held, meaning individual companies are responsible for protecting their systems from cyber risk
Percentage of assets within the energy sector that are vulnerable to cyber threats
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