Because the utilities industry is critical to our nation’s sovereignty, it is becoming an increasingly targeted victim of cyber attack. As the sector seeks to achieve the high supply standards, they develop business models that rely on technology innovation, leaving them vulnerable to rising cyber risk.
While many of the standards and regulatory aspects are aimed at the electrical industry, the same concepts and best practises can also be applied to water, oil and gas, and the new digital Internet of Things (IoT) arena.
CEOs and board members in the utility industry confront a unique combination of cyber and safety risks. Employees who access crucial plant production and grid networks from their homes increase the likelihood of major risks: rolling outages and safety occurrences at a time when utilities are most crucial.
Attackers will try to take advantage of the rush to remote systems, understaffed facilities, and new working methods.
In the water, oil and gas business, crises like COVID-19 focus attention on two things: how to keep people safe and how to keep consumers supplied with utilities.
Working remotely is currently the top goal for utilities, but this fact exposes the utility sector to new cyber-risks from both inside and beyond the walls of its cyber defences.
Gridware can assist you in enhancing your data and information security to the degree required to comply with the Australian Energy Sector Cyber Security Framework (AESCSF), ISO 27001 and other security requirements.
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