Cybersecurity in the energy
The dependence of today’s digitized and interconnected global economies on the energy sector has made it an attractive target for cybercriminals.
Several recent high-profile cyber-attacks have been designed specifically to damage and disrupt critical infrastructure, so protecting providers of essential services is of paramount importance.
Common cybersecurity challenges in the energy sector include:
• Maintaining continuity of essential services and operations
• Reducing cyber risks across the energy supply chain
• Building cyber resilience into antiquated network infrastructure
• Managing risks posed by the Internet of Things devices like smart meters
• Balancing continuous digitization and interconnectivity with security
• Demonstrating security commitments in line with new NIS Regulations
• Preventing and eliminating ransomware attacks
Key security questions for energy companies
Security questions organizations in the energy sector should be asking:
How often are Industrial Control Systems tested for vulnerabilities?
Are suitable controls in place to prevent sophisticated threats?
Are systems able to identify threats that bypass the perimeter?
Who is monitoring control systems?
Is there a plan in place to detect, remediate and report breaches?
What systems and controls are in place to mitigate insider threats?
How are security risks in the supply chain managed?
Is card payment processing PCI DSS compliant?
Cybersecurity compliance in the energy sector
As the power industry leverages closer integration between IT and OT infrastructures, it’s critical for utilities to protect their networks from cyberthreats with cybersecurity solutions that provide complete visibility and control to help reduce downtime risk, lower costs, boost efficiency and streamline compliance with regulations like NERC CIP and the NIS Directive.