The energy industry practices for a ‘black swan’ cyberattack that could take down the grid

More than 6,500 government officials and big players in the energy sector came together this week to conduct a simulated cyberattack on the electrical grid. The event is called GridEx, and takes place every two years. It imagines the U.S. Read More …

Modern cyber security bears great resemblance to the Titanic disaster, says Stena CISO

Magnus Carling, CISO of worldwide conglomerate Stena AB, likened modern cyber security practices to the oversights which led to the Titanic disaster in 1912. Speaking at Cloudsec 2019, Carling told attendees “the iceberg was innocent. It wasn’t the iceberg that Read More …

Cyber-security incident at US power grid entity linked to unpatched firewalls

A cyber-security incident that impacted a US power grid entity earlier this year was not as dangerous as initially thought, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) said last week. In a report highlighting the “lessons learned” from a past Read More …

ACSC helps power energy sector’s cybersecurity capabilities

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has plugged into energy sector organisations and government agencies to help power their cybersecurity capabilities. The nationwide program — which started in November 2018 – aims to improve the energy industry’s cyber threat resilience and responses. Read More …

Israel Railways builds new cyber-monitoring center

This month, Israel Railways is launching a new innovative cyber-monitoring center (SOC) unifying the OT/IT networks. This was revealed at the transportation panel from Cybertech’s exclusive seminar, in collaboration with Fortinet. “Israel Railways is considered critical infrastructure. Furthermore, it’s a Read More …

National Grid had three ‘near-misses’ in the run-up to blackout that caused rush-hour chaos in Britain

Britain had three blackout ‘near-misses’ in the three months before last Friday’s power cut that caused chaos during rush hour. National Grid is being investigated by the energy watchdog but the power system operator has faced criticism from the industry Read More …

Critical infrastructure at risk again from Stuxnet-like attack

A dozen vulnerabilities including previously undisclosed exploits have been discovered in software used to maintain industrial control systems (ICS) which could lead to another devastating attack on highly-prevalent critical infrastructure. The researchers from Tenable likened the vulnerabilities to those in the family Read More …

Cyberwarfare in space: Satellites at risk of hacker attacks

There’s an urgent need for NATO and its member countries to address the cybersecurity of space-based satellite control systems because they’re vulnerable to cyberattacks – and if left unaddressed, it could have severe consequences for global security, a new paper from a Read More …

US wants to isolate power grids with ‘retro’ technology to limit cyber-attacks

The US is very close to improving power grid security by mandating the use of “retro” (analog, manual) technologies on US power grids as a defensive measure against foreign cyber-attacks that could bring down power distribution as a result. The Read More …