The US energy grid is under cyber attack from Islamic State hackers but fortunately, these attacks end up in failure because the hackers are simply not skilled enough to do much damage, Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the Department of Homeland Security, reassured the audience at GridSecCon 2015.
You would think that, given the potential disastrous consequences of a successful hack, the computer systems and networks of nuclear facilities would be better secured agains cyber intrusions.
BitSight Technologies analyzed Security Ratings of nearly 10,000 organizations in six industries – finance, federal government, retail, energy and utilities, healthcare and education.
When, on Wednesday, the New York Stock Exchange halted trading, The Wall Street Journal website went down, and United Airlines grounded flights - all practically at the same time - it seemed like a well orchestrated cyber attack had been launched against high-profile US businesses and organizations.
Energy security professionals are extremely confident in their ability to detect a cyberattack on critical systems, with 86 percent stating they could detect a breach in less than one week.
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