Agencies and authorities that provide water, wastewater and dam services don’t face the same regulatory hurdles as power utilities, but they’re also often smaller and have fewer resources, housed as they generally are within municipal governments or other smaller entities.
The control systems used to critical infrastructure facilities are increasingly vulnerable to attack, but it's almost impossible to tell how often they're breached or how it's done, according to early results from a SANS survey on the security of industrial control systems.
IT executives within critical infrastructure organizations see a need for public-private threat intelligence sharing partnerships (86 percent of respondents) to keep pace with escalating cybersecurity threats, according to a survey by The Aspen Institute and Intel Security.
Europe is emerging as a global leader in national cybersecurity enforcement. The European Union (EU) and countries connected to the Council of Europe and the European Economic Area, including Norway and Switzerland, have been most successful in implementing binding legal instruments in the area of cybercrime and cybersecurity.
While utility enterprises are taking steps to detect and deter physical security threats, preventing damage and enabling recovery remain significant challenges, according to The State of Physical Grid Security 2015.
If you figure that a better economy these days means less metal theft, think again. Theft of copper, aluminum and other metals continues as people see a way to easily make money to buy drugs or other uses.
What does Dr. Park Dietz, one of the world’s foremost forensic psychiatrists, want you to know about mitigating workplace violence? Read his guide on warning signs and prevention, along with features and columns on RFID technology, mobile credential standards, security convergence, CSO interview questions and more in our February 2017 edition of Security magazine.