As threats dramatically increase, critical infrastructure cybersecurity training must evolve

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) recently posted a document confirming a cyber event that occurred on a western U.S. electrical grid in spring 2019, marking the first cyberattack on an American grid and, more importantly, striking a chord among operators. The case, which is ironically labeled a “lesson” by NERC, is a glaring demonstration of the cyber challenges faced not only by the energy sector, but also the 15 other critical infrastructure sectors on which our way of life depends. Cyber threats, however, are nothing new to the industry – three former secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently stressed the increased risk of cyber threats to the US. In particular, Janet Napolitano pointed to critical infrastructure cyberattacks on our nation’s systems and underscored the need to address the increasing threats before it’s too late. Additionally, a recent study by the Ponemon Institute revealed that 90%

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