Is a cyber-attack on America’s electric grid
imminent? Or will hackers sabotage a
major chemical plant this year? Answers
to these questions may surprise you because they’re slightly counterintuitive.
Many of the nation’s most-at-risk “critical
infrastructure” sites – like power plants and chemical facilities – have analog
redundancies in place that ensure catastrophic cyber-attacks won’t halt
operations. For now.
But as connectivity increases and as electric grids
become “smarter” through efficiency and automation measures, they will only
become more and more linked to the internet – and more at risk of infiltration.
The good news is that we seem to have stumbled upon a
short window of time where the government can work with U.S. critical
infrastructure sites to beef up both cyber and physical security. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is
taking the lead in assessing these vulnerabilities – with the private sector –
as fast as they can.
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