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IDG Contributor Network: Energy infrastructure cyber risk outlook for 2016

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Apr 28, 2016.

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    The U.S. Energy Sector’s SCADA and ICS networks often are criticized in the press for being outdated, non-standardized, and difficult to manage because of inscrutability to all but a select few. I prefer to think of those as advantages.

    Our infrastructure for SCADA and ICS are heterogeneous and distributed. Combine those advantages with the high bar for insider knowledge or engineering expertise necessary to understand and operate these systems and you have created a natural, layered defense! Still, threats and their corresponding risks exist.

    My audacious risk predictions for the remainder of 2016 address the nature of the cyber threat and the potential for the energy sector to encounter it during the year. The risks are divided into High, Moderate, and Low. I've based these upon the basic Risk Equation: Risk=Threat x Vulnerability x Cost.

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