critical infrastructure

Software Defined Networking – “The Next Big Thing in OT”

“Software Defined Networking(SDN) is the next big thing in OT”. That’s what Dave Whitehead, CEO of Schweitzer Engineering Labs told me when I asked why SEL has invested in Veracity Industrial Networks. As we continued our discussion it became clear that not much has evolved in the OT networking space over the last 10-15 years. …

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Developing a Proactive Cybersecurity Strategy for OT

The age of digitalization for industrial companies is here. As more and more facilities transition their operations to this setup, they must undertake one essential mission. That task is to develop a proactive cybersecurity strategy for OT. Why is this so important? And what are some suggestions for doing so? Let’s dive in. IT-OT Integration …

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Protecting the Energy that Fuels our Nation

Around a year ago, a central energy operator in the Queensland region of Australia experienced a detrimental incident that left nearly 470,000 homes and businesses across the area without power. A number of functions were affected down to the traffic lights. Situations like this can come with dangerous consequences. And they are certainly not unique …

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Lessons Learned and What’s Ahead for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

According to OCCRP, a recent study conducted by Norwegian risk management firm DNV found that more than half of energy professionals surveyed “believe cyberattacks on the industry in the near future will result in a loss of life and many companies are not doing enough to protect themselves.” While focused on the energy sector, this …

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The Threat Against Critical Infrastructure: Cybersecurity Goes Beyond Borders

Concerns around Russia’s retaliation to sanctions placed on the country in response to its invasion of Ukraine have a major focus – cyberattacks. The White House recently released a statement urging organizations to prepare for this possibility, with a particular emphasis on industries dependent on industrial control systems. This comes amid the administration’s other warning …

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Geopolitical Conflict and Increasing Industrial Control Vulnerabilities Warn that the Time for Cybersecurity Action is Now

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has cybersecurity concerns at an all-time high. This is particularly true for critical infrastructure systems. While there has been no direct threat yet, we continue to sharpen our understanding of the vulnerabilities exposing these networks to potential detriment if they were to be attacked. Not only do we have recent history …

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Securing Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities

While we have touched on the subject of water cybersecurity before, current circumstances continue to remind us that the protection of such critical infrastructure systems is absolutely necessary. Although there have not been any direct threats made on this sector in relation to the unfolding situation between Russia and Ukraine, the cybersecurity risks that lie …

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