Our critical infrastructure is too vulnerable to cyberattacks


March 16, 2016

Last week, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) confirmed that, two years ago, the Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye Brook, New York was accessed remotely by Iranian hackers – a move characterized as “shot across our bow” and a clear indication of the tremendous risk that cyber attackers pose.

While an attack on a dam in Westchester is frightening, it is only symptomatic of the weaknesses in our critical infrastructure. A recent U.S.-led report produced by the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) found that a “synchronized and coordinated” cyberattack shut down a large section of the Ukrainian power grid in December 2015, a situation which, if replicated in the U.S., could cost anywhere between $243 billion and $1 trillion dollars.

 

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Souce: The Hill