• Cyber in the Energy Sector

How to protect against cyber attacks in the energy sector

04 February 2019

In 2018, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation took unprecedented action and publically accused Russia of conducting cyber attacks on US critical infrastructure.

According to a joint Technical Alert (TA), Russian hackers conducted spear phishing attacks and infiltrated the control rooms of small US electric utility companies, where they staged malware. The threat actors sought information on industrial control systems (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, potentially unlocking the gates to what could have been detrimental harm to critical US infrastructure.

While critical infrastructure is a major target for state actors, cyber criminals inciting attacks on the energy industry are also motivated by financial gain and environmental activism, therefore it’s important for energy companies to have a plan in place to mitigate the risks and complications that would come from a cyber attack.

BDO has prepared a paper on the ten best practices to effectively detect and respond to cyber risks in the energy sector.

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