In a recent episode of Fox News Radio’s Securing America series, host Jessica Rosenthal interviewed Revolutionary Security’s Aaron Bayles about the cyber risks facing our nation’s critical infrastructure sectors.
Homeland Security has designated 16 sectors as critical infrastructure, including financial services, farming and agricultural, water, chemical, transportation, energy, healthcare, and dams. However, each of these areas have different cybersecurity requirements. Unfortunately, sectors such as water and energy, which use industrial control systems, face greater vulnerability due to infrequent software updates and patches. According to the Congressional Research Committee, hackers targeting critical infrastructure are increasing, citing the system intrusion on the Bowman Dam in New York by a hacker affiliated with the Iranian government as an example.
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Bayles shares in his interview that Operational Technology (OT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) environments are increasingly dealing with ransomware attacks, which have severe consequences should a company’s operational systems get hijacked. In fact, the 2019 Official Annual Cybercrime Report includes a prediction by Cybersecurity Ventures that a business will fall victim to a ransomware attack every 14 seconds by 2019, and every 11 seconds by 2021.
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