Critical Infrastructure Protection


Today’s interdependent and interconnected world requires joint efforts and holistic approaches to protect critical infrastructure assets from the growing number of attacks and to address ever-evolving cyber threats to government, energy, healthcare, education, banking, transportation, telecommunication and other critical sectors.

With a dedicated section focusing on Critical Infrastructure protection, we aim to enhance cooperation and engage security professionals through news, articles and in-depth analysis of emerging threats and technologies.


NEWS

  • Airport services firm Swissport reports ransomware incident

    February 4, 2022

    Swiss airport management service Swissport reported a ransomware attack affecting its IT systems on Friday. The company said the ransomware attack targeted its IT infrastructure. The group behind the attack was not named. Also: Prosecutors investigating cyberattacks affecting multiple Belgian and Dutch ports “The attack has been largely contained, and we are working actively to fully resolve the ...

  • Oil terminals disrupted after European ports hit by cyberattack

    February 3, 2022

    Port facilities in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands have been targeted by a large-scale cyberattack, authorities say. Officials say the hack began several days ago and has primarily disrupted operations at oil terminals, preventing tankers from delivering energy supplies. German judicial authorities say they have launched an investigation into suspected “extortion” of oil operators, amid soaring energy ...

  • DHS Launches First-Ever Cyber Safety Review Board

    February 3, 2022

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the establishment of the Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB), as directed in President Biden’s Executive Order 14028 on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. The CSRB is an unprecedented public-private initiative that will bring together government and industry leaders to elevate our nation’s cybersecurity. “The Biden-Harris Administration ...

  • U.S. unveils plan to improve cyber defenses for water utilities

    January 27, 2022

    The White House on Thursday unveiled a plan to beef up cybersecurity in the nation’s water sector, an extension of its efforts to thwart attacks against critical infrastructure including electricity and natural gas pipeline operators. Senior administration officials said water facilities use automation and electronic networks that are vulnerable to cyber attacks, which could include producing ...

  • Brazilian Ministry of Health recovers systems over a month after cyberattack

    January 18, 2022

    After a major cyberattack brought key systems of Brazil’s Ministry of Health (MoH) to a halt, the department has reported all its platforms are back online. According to a statement released by the MoH on Friday (14), most systems have been reestablished following a cyberattack in early December 2021, including ConecteSUS, which holds COVID-19 vaccination data. ...

  • The race towards renewable energy is creating new cybersecurity risks

    January 14, 2022

    The renewable energy industry is becoming more important as countries attempt to move away from fossil fuels, but the continued growth of the sector must be managed with cybersecurity in mind, or there’s the danger that vulnerabilities in everything from power plants down to smart meters could leave energy providers and their customers open to ...

  • Cyberattack shuts down Albuquerque schools; county copes with ransomware incident

    January 13, 2022

    School officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico have cancelled classes for Thursday and Friday due to a cyberattack. The shutdown took place just days after a ransomware attack hit government services across Bernalillo County. In a statement posted to the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) website, officials said schools will remain closed “as the district continues to investigate ...

  • Fingers point to Lazarus, Cobalt, FIN7 as key hacking groups attacking finance industry

    January 13, 2022

    The Lazarus, Cobalt, and FIN7 hacking groups have been labeled as the most prevalent threat actors striking financial organizations today. According to “Follow the Money,” a new report published on the financial sector by Outpost24’s Blueliv on Thursday, members of these groups are the major culprits of theft and fraud in the industry today. The financial sector ...

  • Maryland officials confirm ransomware attack shut down Department of Health

    January 12, 2022

    Maryland officials confirmed on Wednesday that state’s Department of Health is dealing with a devastating ransomware attack, which has left hospitals struggling amid a surge of COVID-19 cases. In a statement released on Wednesday, Maryland Chief Information Security Officer Chip Stewart said the attack began on December 4 and crippled their systems. “We have paid no extortion ...

  • Understanding and Mitigating Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Threats to U.S. Critical Infrastructure

    January 11, 2022

    This joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA)—authored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and National Security Agency (NSA)—is part of our continuing cybersecurity mission to warn organizations of cyber threats and help the cybersecurity community reduce the risk presented by these threats. This CSA provides an overview of Russian state-sponsored ...

  • TSA to impose cybersecurity mandates on railroad and aviation industries

    January 6, 2022

    The Transportation Security Administration will impose new cybersecurity mandates on the railroad and airline industries, including reporting requirements as part of a department effort to force compliance in the wake of high-profile cyberattacks on critical industries, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced Wednesday. DHS is moving to require more companies in critical transportation industries to meet ...

  • UK: Three flights diverted as Gatwick Airport air traffic control suffers IT issues

    January 6, 2022

    Three flights have been diverted from Gatwick Airport due to IT issues in the air traffic control tower. Two British Airways flights were diverted to Heathrow Airport while one easyJet flight was redirected to London Luton Airport, a spokesperson for the airport told Sky News. One British Airways plane was travelling from Belfast while the other was ...

  • Data breach: Broward Health warns 1.3 million patients, staff of ‘medical identity theft’

    January 3, 2022

    This weekend, the Broward Health hospital system notified more than 1.3 million patients and staff members that their personal information was involved in a data breach that started on October 15. In a statement on Saturday, the Florida hospital system said that in addition to names, addresses and phone numbers, Social Security numbers, bank account information ...

  • Top 10 healthcare breaches in the U.S. exposed data of 19 million

    December 31, 2021

    The healthcare sector has been the target of hundreds of cyberattacks this year. A tally of public data breach reports so far shows that tens of millions of healthcare records have been exposed to unauthorized parties. Most of the largest data breaches result from ransomware attacks and the first ten of them account for more than ...