Secure Critical Infrastructure Top of Mind for U.S.

When it comes to cyber-threats and defense, the U.S. government says that critical infrastructure threats are a growing concern. Rob Joyce, senior advisor of cybersecurity strategy for the National Security Agency (NSA), said that while attacks targeting the systems that power the manufacturing, power and water plants, the oil and gas industry, and many other sectors have been around for awhile, the trend “is going the wrong way.”

Attackers have been targeting critical infrastructure for a while: including the 2016 Ukrainian outage and going all the way back to the 2013 Iranian DDoS attacks. According to a Kaspersky Lab report earlier this year, a full 41.2 percent of industrial control system (ICS) were attacked by malicious software at least once in the first half of 2018.

Read more about the cyber-threats to critical infrastructure on Threatpost.