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.
- CISA: Preparing Critical Infrastructure for Post-Quantum Cryptography
August 24, 2022
Nation-states and private companies are actively pursuing the capabilities of quantum computers. Quantum computing opens up exciting new possibilities; however, the consequences of this new technology include threats to the current cryptographic standards. These standards ensure data confidentiality and integrity and support key elements of network security. While quantum computing technology capable of breaking public ...
- French hospital hit by $10M ransomware attack, sends patients elsewhere
August 23, 2022
The Center Hospitalier Sud Francilien (CHSF), a 1000-bed hospital located 28km from the center of Paris, suffered a cyberattack on Sunday, which has resulted in the medical center referring patients to other establishments and postponing appointments for surgeries. CHSF serves an area of 600,000 inhabitants, so any disruption in its operations can endanger the health, and ...
- Hackers attack UK water supplier but extort wrong company
August 16, 2022
South Staffordshire Water, a company supplying 330 million liters of drinking water to 1.6 consumers daily, has issued a statement confirming IT disruption from a cyberattack. As the announcement explains, the safety and water distribution systems are still operational, so the disruption of the IT systems doesn’t impact the supply of safe water to its customers ...
- UK: Ransomware attack on NHS systems could take weeks to fix, major IT provider warns
August 11, 2022
A cyberattack that hit a major IT provider for the NHS and severely affected the 111 service involved ransomware and could take up to four weeks to fix, it has emerged. Advanced, which supplies vital systems for the NHS, said it suffered a cyber breach around 7am on 4 August which has now been contained. The attack ...
- Cybersecurity in city government, taken to new heights: An Interview with Shane McDaniel
July 24, 2022
When most people speak of any city government, they often mention words like “Bureaucratic”, “Behind the times”, and “Slow.” This is especially true when considering cybersecurity initiatives. However, a small town in Texas is changing that view. Seguin, Texas, which was once the smallest Texas city to have a full-time cybersecurity employee, was the only ...
- TSA revises and reissues cybersecurity requirements for pipeline owners and operators
July 21, 2022
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the revision and reissuance of its Security Directive regarding oil and natural gas pipeline cybersecurity. This revised directive will continue the effort to build cybersecurity resiliency for the nation’s critical pipelines. Developed with extensive input from industry stakeholders and federal partners, including the Department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security ...
- Canada’s internet outage caused by ‘maintenance’
July 10, 2022
One of Canada’s largest mobile and internet providers, Rogers, has apologised for the country-wide outage of its services which began on Friday. The company’s CEO Tony Staffieri said the failure followed “a maintenance update in our core network”. Transport, banking and emergency services were all hit by Friday’s blackout, with 911 hotlines and bank ATMs left unavailable. Read ...
- North Korean State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Use Maui Ransomware to Target the Healthcare and Public Health Sector
July 6, 2022
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) are releasing this joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) to provide information on Maui ransomware, which has been used by North Korean state-sponsored cyber actors since at least May 2021 to target Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector ...
- What to do about inherent security flaws in critical infrastructure?
July 3, 2022
The latest threat security research into operational technology (OT) and industrial systems identified a bunch of issues — 56 to be exact — that criminals could use to launch cyberattacks against critical infrastructure. But many of them are unfixable, due to insecure protocols and architectural designs. And this highlights a larger security problem with devices that ...