by Ross Dyer
Another day, another warning of an impending cyber security crisis in the West. However, this time it’s come from the lips of former NSA and US Cyber Command boss General Keith Alexander. Last week he claimed that Western energy firms are unprepared for a potentially “catastrophic attack” on their infrastructure. The worst case scenario could involve a synchronised blitz on power plants, refineries and the national grid, possibly accompanied by a simultaneous attack on the banking system. Continue reading
by Ross Dyer
You’ll have heard of the Bash bug, or the Shellshock vulnerability, which has been dominating information security headlines for most of the past weeks. But the more information piles up the harder it can be to sift through the noise and work out exactly what you should be doing to mitigate the threat.
Warnings about an imminent “Cyber 9-11”, or a “Virtual Pearl Harbour”, have been with us for years. The most recent was from top US regulator Bejamin Lawsky, head of the New York State Department of Financial Services, who last week voiced public concerns about an “Armageddon-type cyber event”.
Now, most often such dire predictions are used to urge Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) firms to better shore up their defences and improve resilience against possible intrusion. After all, a Unisys report a few months back claimed that 70% of CNI organisations suffered breaches in the past year and 78% of senior security officials said a successful attack on their ICS and SCADA systems was likely in the next 24 months.