Critical Infrastructure’s Operational Assurance Needs
From the power grid that keeps your electricity and heat on to the water treatment plant that keeps your faucet flowing, critical infrastructure plays a vital role in the daily lives of every American. As such, a successful interruption of key critical infrastructure systems could have alarming, far-reaching, and long-lasting consequences.
The growing threats to supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and industrial control systems – the machines designed to gather, monitor, and process real-time data to keep key utilities running smoothly – are cause for particular concern. Think about it. If the SCADA systems running an American city’s power grid or managing its water treatment go down as the result of a cyberattack or failure, even for just a few hours, what then? The impact of downtime or interference with these mission critical assets would be devastating. Compounding the potential for such events is the fact that many rely on older, outdated, and unpatched software and hardware, leaving them unnecessarily exposed to infiltration and exploitation.