Nowadays many enemies have the expertise and tools necessary to take down critical infrastructure and systems that cripple entire regions. These critical infrastructure systems represent essential parts of our global economy, physical security, and health. We as humans rely on them to provide electricity in our homes; transportation to work and play, secure our life savings, and for communicating with people we love. With such a big stake at play, we must ask ourselves….are we doing enough to protect our global critical infrastructure? There been made some good progress, but is not enough; in order to be ready to repeal all cyber risks of today, a holistic strategy must be implemented.
For this to happen, the cybersecurity must be put above everything, embedded everywhere and integrated throughout the operations of every critical infrastructure provider – across people, processes and technology.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
The first step is a resilient network. Like any other cybersecurity strategy, critical infrastructure providers need to take a risk-based approach in order to highlight its most vulnerable assets. The ability to have visibility and control from the network represents the most critical risk control point because the networks connect the data, programs, applications, web networks, software and hardware within a critical infrastructure environment. Addressing this risk first will require embedding security technology, processes, and policies that will check the authenticity and integrity of each device as well as any hardware and software running on it.
The next step is crucial too. All security operations must add capabilities that increase their ability to respond to security incidents as an essential part of any cybersecurity strategy without neglecting the speed of operations; because with critical infrastructure providing essential services to our daily way of life, the speed at which cyber incidents can be detected and thwarted in their environments is vital.
Last but not least point that needs to be done in order to secure critical infrastructure on a global scale requires a multi-party responsibility including both the public and the private sector. This can be achieved through innovative partnerships that share best practices, collaborate on threat intelligence, teach how to build and deploy secure solutions, education and training.
A cyber-attack on critical infrastructure, and the technology that keeps it running can have devastating consequences. This is why, when it comes to something so valuable to our global society, cybersecurity must be a top priority.
We will continue to monitor this cyber problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.