Protecting Critical Infrastructure Starts With Safeguarding the Energy Sector

We rely on the energy sector to power our homes and businesses, our smart phones and computers, our traffic lights and airports – everything essential to 21st century life. But despite the critical role it plays in our lives, the energy sector is vulnerable to and a primary target of attacks by nation-state and mercenary advanced persistent threats (APTs), hacktivists, and other rogue actors.

In The Energy Sector Hacker Report: Profiling the Hacker Groups That Threaten Our Nation’s Energy Sector, Juan Espinosa, Parsons Senior Project Manager and Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) Fellow, contributes to the discussion on energy sector security and resiliency, the antagonists, malware, the evolving attack vectors, and the expanding threat.

“A major threat to the energy sector today is the threat of cyber-attacks against the industrial control systems used in the energy sector,” according to Espinosa. “The importance of the threat is twofold: firstly, attacks on energy sector assets have the potential to cause such huge disruptions and damage, and secondly because the perpetrators of these attacks are able to maintain their anonymity after the attack while suffering no immediate physical risk.”

Parsons, a technology-driven engineering and professional services firm, and its critical infrastructure experts stand at the forefront of cybersecurity. Power disruptions, perhaps lasting hours or days, can disrupt critical infrastructure, security services, and surveillance systems. Our lives and safety depend on the energy sector. Espinosa’s contributions to The Energy Sector Hacker Report make it essential reading for all cybersecurity experts.

Juan Espinosa

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