Part 2 in our Cyber Security for Utilities blog series.
The cyber environment is changing quickly. By the time you read this, the Kaseya VSA attack affecting remote management monitoring software at 1,500 businesses, may be overshadowed by a fresh cyber security breach. Nowadays, there always seems to be some new ransomware strain, branded bug, or industrial control systems targeted malware causing anxiety.
Cyber Security Challenges
There’s a certain inevitability to it all. Cyber security is a top priority across industries globally. Governments are proclaiming executive orders to protect critical infrastructure and shoring up regulations to enhance security. Yet every day there are more devices, more tools, and more connections. In fact, “Internet users are currently growing at an annual rate of 7.6 percent, equating to an average of more than 900,000 new users each day.”
All that means more risk. The volume of data is rapidly increasing. This means business must monitor, track and secure logs, cconfiguration baselines, network traffic and so much more for effective detection and defense against cyber attacks. Meanwhile, the standard advice to “always patch” and “update regularly” is a little more suspect now. After all, the SolarWinds attack used a software update to compromise a customer base including top US telecommunications companies, accounting firms, as well as all branches of the US Military, the Pentagon, and the State Department.
So, what is to be done? Regrettably, there is no silver bullet solution. Instead, this article will outline how GE Digital Grid envisions the acceleration of day-to-day cyber security for day-to-day operations.
Defensible and Proactive Cyber Attack Prevention Measures
The frequency and severity of attacks on utility systems is on the rise, according to the National Regulatory Research Institute. Why?