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Spotlight on Energy and Utilities Sector: Attacks Targeting ICS Systems Projected to Increase

There is an increased focus on cybersecurity among governments and energy and utilities organizations worldwide, and for good reason. Attacks on critical infrastructure such as fuel, electricity and drinking water carry the potential for damage far beyond their economic impact. As demonstrated by incidents such as the notorious shutdown of several Iranian nu
Publish At:2017-09-06 20:40 | Read:224 | Comments:0 | Tags:Advanced Threats Energy & Utility Threat Intelligence Energy

IBM Experts Weigh In on the Value of an Industry-Focused Approach to Security

To more closely align with the way clients think about security, IBM Security is focused on providing an open security immune system that enables organizations to integrate and leverage the investments they have already made within their specific industry. Experts Discuss the Benefits of an Industry-Focused Security Strategy We consulted six experts from the
Publish At:2017-08-30 20:10 | Read:188 | Comments:0 | Tags:Industries Automotive Industry Cloud Cloud Security Energy a

Employee Education Is the Key to Enhanced Protection for Energy Companies

It’s a surprise to no one that computer systems need enhanced protection to reduce their susceptibility to cyberattacks, as recent events such as the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks have shown us. These infestations proved that government operations and critical infrastructures are as much at risk as corporate systems. Of particular concern are energy
Publish At:2017-07-21 15:25 | Read:246 | Comments:0 | Tags:Energy & Utility Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) E

Addressing Security Gaps in the Energy Industry

Every industry has its own unique challenges related to information security. Financial services organizations bear the burden of preventing fraud. Manufacturing businesses have to protect their intellectual property and ensure that manufacturing processes remain resilient to attack. Meanwhile, health care organizations must keep sensitive personal informat
Publish At:2017-06-14 01:00 | Read:348 | Comments:0 | Tags:Energy & Utility Energy and Utilities Energy Industry Indust

Drilling for Answers: Cyberattacks on the Rise in the Oil and Gas Industry

Often when we hear buzzwords like botnet, malware and spear phishing (among many, many others), we tend to associate them with certain industries — retail, health care, banking. However, in a world driven by the constant effects of newer and better technology, all industries are being affected. Specifically, the oil and gas industry has seen an increase in c
Publish At:2017-06-08 16:05 | Read:500 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cognitive Energy & Utility Cognitive Security Cybersecurity

Personalizing Energy Security With Robust Analytics

I’m both fascinated and excited by the rise of the prosumer — a proactive energy consumer who uses smart devices to manage consumption, add renewables to the mix and look for personalized services from his or her utility — especially within the context of energy security. Recent security concerns surrounding WannaCry ransomware are all the more relev
Publish At:2017-05-26 08:00 | Read:437 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cognitive Energy & Utility Security Intelligence & Analytics

Severe vulnerability in GE Multilin SR poses a serious threat to Power Grid

Security experts discovered a critical vulnerability in GE Multilin SR that poses a serious threat to the power grid worldwide. A team of researchers from New York University has found a serious vulnerability in some of GE Multilin SR protection relays that poses a serious threat to power grid. The experts will provide further details about the vulnerability
Publish At:2017-04-28 15:05 | Read:545 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking energy industry GE Multilin SR power g

Lesson Learned From Stuxnet

Security researchers discovered Stuxnet in 2010, and it has since become one of the most well-known malware campaigns in history. The cybercriminals behind the attack developed the infamous worm to damage programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems using four zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows
Publish At:2017-03-10 12:10 | Read:624 | Comments:0 | Tags:Energy and Utility Infrastructure Protection Energy Industry

Attacks Targeting Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Up 110 Percent

Since IBM X-Force published its report, “Security Attacks on Industrial Control Systems,” last year, we have observed a startling increase in the number of attacks against these systems. Attacks Against Industrial Control Systems Increasing According to IBM Managed Security Services (MSS) data, attacks targeting industrial control systems (ICS) i
Publish At:2016-12-27 17:15 | Read:769 | Comments:0 | Tags:Infrastructure Protection X-Force Research Energy and Utilit

The US DoE has awarded $34 million projects to secure the power grid

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $34 million in funding to projects aimed at the protection of power grid from cyber attacks. A cyber attack against a critical infrastructure is an event that government doesn’t exclude, for this reason, one of the pillars of their cyber strategy is the adoption of countermeasures to improve their resilience to c
Publish At:2016-08-22 16:15 | Read:1479 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Security APT cyber security energy industry Ha

Two flaws in Siemens SICAM PAS impact the energy industry

Researchers discovered two flaws in the Siemens SICAM PAS widely used in the energy industry. One of the vulnerabilities is still unpatched. Security experts from Positive Technologies that have reviewed the Siemens SICAM PAS (Power Automation System) solution have discovered two information disclosure vulnerabilities (CVE-2016-5848 and CVE-2016-5849) that c
Publish At:2016-07-02 14:30 | Read:903 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Security CVE-2016-5848 CVE-2016-5849 c

SAP fixed a flaw in xMII that could open the door to nation-state hackers

SAP fixed a vulnerability affecting SAP MII can be used as a starting point of multi-stage attacks aiming to get control over plant devices and manufacturing systems. SAP fixed a critical vulnerability in its application that could be exploited by hackers, especially nation-state actors, to compromise industrial manufacturing software. SAP issued a critical
Publish At:2016-02-10 13:55 | Read:1015 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Security energy industry ERP nation-st

Energy industry under unceasing attack in 2015

A study conducted by TripWire over the past year revealed successful cyber attacks on the energy industry increased as never before. US oil and gas companies are under attack, over 80% of them have reported a significant increase in the number of cyber attacks. According to Tripwire, over the past year successful cyber attacks
Publish At:2016-01-17 11:15 | Read:1114 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Reports Security APT cyber security energy ind

Bits, Bytes, Bucks and Barrels: The Convergence of Cognitive Energy and Information Security

The actress Sharon Stone famously noted that the world’s greatest dancer was not, as commonly considered, Fred Astaire. Rather, it was Fred’s dancing partner Ginger Rogers, who matched every step that he did, but backwards and in high heels. A somewhat similar thought arises concerning Sir Isaac Newton, who not only wrote a book, “The Princ
Publish At:2015-11-05 09:25 | Read:776 | Comments:0 | Tags:Energy and Utility Cybersecurity Energy and Utilities Energy

The ISIL is trying to hack American electrical power companies

US authorities confirmed that hackers belonging to the Islamic State (ISIL) are trying to hack American electrical power companies. According to the U.S. law enforcement, the ISIL is trying to hack American energy firms, the news arrives while the US Government  has charged for the first time a man of cyberterrorism. The news
Publish At:2015-10-17 16:20 | Read:1051 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Cyber warfare Hacking Intelligence

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