IT Security Initiatives to Protect Infrastructure
System downtime as a result of cyber crime, insider threats, and advanced persistent threats (APTs) are some of the most significant challenges facing the utilities industry today. A recent study by the Ponemon Institute revealed that more than two-thirds of IT specialists in utility and energy companies believe their data networks will be breached in the next 12 months. Additionally, many SCADA systems in use today lack the state-of-the-art technologies necessary to protect these critical networks.
In response to this growing threat, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has adopted a new set of Critical Infrastructure Protections (CIP) standards in order to increase the security of our nation’s essential utilities. Compliance with these rigorous standards is mandated for all owners and operators in the bulk electric generation and distribution industry. Failure to comply could result in fines and penalties of up to $1M per day.
Coalfire Can Help
Coalfire offers a wide variety of IT security solutions designed to help energy providers implement compliance programs, reduce the risk of control failure, and avoid fines. With services such as risk assessment, policy development, and controls testing and audit, Coalfire can help you achieve a solid security posture while complying with regulatory and legal mandates.