Some systems and assets are so vital that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating impact on security, economic security, public health or safety, or any combination of those factors.
This so-called critical infrastructure has historically faced many complex threats. In 2023, we can add growing concerns about cybersecurity to the mix.
We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the largest risk to critical infrastructure in 2023? How can we address it?
Cybersecurity threats absolutely continue to remain a top concern. Unfortunately, cybersecurity is not a one-and-done investment; it’s an ongoing commitment and the best way to address it is to follow industry best practices with constant vigilance.
Part of it is changing the mindset of some of these stakeholders and making them understand this isn’t something you invest in once and leave alone.
A lot of vendors in this industry, including ourselves, put out cybersecurity-hardening guides, but putting those into practice takes work on the part of the integrator and especially the end user, as a lot of this comes down to how the system is configured, installed and secured. Leveraging the as-a-service elements of cloud can be a step in the direction of taking some of the burden away from the integrator and the end user.
Critical infrastructure is a primary target for cybersecurity attacks. In addition, there is a complex variety of physical security vulnerabilities that must be addressed. As one of our Expert Panelists points out, it is unwise to take a ‘one-and-done’ approach to securing critical infrastructure; rather, security involves many stakeholders working together continuously. Communication and collaboration are required between cyber and physical security teams to address the varied threats.
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