Monday, 5 January 2015

Cybersecurity for Critical National Infrastructure. Is not if, but when..

According to Gartner, "global cybersecurity spending is to reach $76.9 billion in 2015" as more organisations realise the extent of their vulnerability and the need to improve their cybersecurity posture.

"Massive damage" was recently reported in the annual report of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), highlighting how a steelworks firm in Germany was physically damaged by cyber attack.

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd, reported and removed a "Computer Worm" connected to a device on its network. Company representatives stated no harmful viruses were in the reactors themselves but will be "Hiring more IT security experts." 

Fortunately we are seeing more board level discussion to accelerate implementation and increase cybersecurity posture among energy companies throughout Europe and North America. 

Enisa, plans to re-focus its efforts with a new strategy to put economic benefits at the forefront of all its activities. In the UK, Government is now requiring IT Suppliers to comply with its five security controls (CES) scheme, putting security in the procurement process.

"President Obama has identified cybersecurity as one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face," and with latest incident surrounding the Sony cyber attack, we must renew our sense of urgency as the consequences of such an attack on Critical National Infrastructure could be devastating. 

With this in mind, the Cyber Senate is pleased to announce it will be hosting its 2nd annual Industrial Control Cybersecurity USA and Industrial Control Cybersecurity Europe conferences in 2015. 

Currently we are accepting abstracts from energy operators, infrastructure owners and Government leaders. 

Over %50 of all sponsorship and exhibition opportunities have been reserved or confirmed. So if this is of interest please get in touch early. 

Early Bird registrations end in January so register and save while you can.

Industrial Control Cybersecurity USA 

Sponsored by BAE Applied Intelligence
October 13th and 14th 2015 
Sacramento California USA

Industrial Control Cybersecurity Europe

Sponsored by Palo Alto Networks
September 29th and 30th 2015
London United Kingdom


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