Safety Risks Rise Due to Critical Infrastructure Cyber Attacks

Safety Risks Rise Due to Critical Infrastructure Cyber Attacks

Safety Risks Rise Due to Critical Infrastructure Cyber Attacks

The recent attempt by malicious hackers to poison a Florida city water supply, highlights the public risks and exposure of critical infrastructures.

 Luckily, this incident was detected by an observant technician and mitigated before people were hurt, but it could have turned out far worse. 

This incident was a near miss.

The attack method was not sophisticated, rather it leveraged a common remote software tool, popular on Windows systems.  If the attack were launched by a professional with modern tools and methods, the result would have likely been different, to the health detriment of an entire community.

The simple reality is our nation’s 16 Critical Infrastructures (energy, water & sanitation, food distribution, healthcare, telecommunications, transportation logistics, emergency services, etc.) are all susceptible to cyber-attacks.

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The digital revolution, bringing many of society’s building-blocks online, has tremendous advantages. Any industry that adopts the benefits of digital systems and oversight, to reduce costs and improve efficiency, also assumes the burden of cyber risk.  

We cannot be surprised anymore or act as if it is not a pressing problem with the world’s critical infrastructure.  We must expect these systems to be attacked and, in some cases, compromised. It places our security, privacy, and now most importantly people’s SAFETY at risk.  These types of attacks will continue and increase in both quantity and severity.

Much of the critical infrastructure is owned and managed by businesses, while others are public works. All need protection. Real protection, at the level we would expect to prevent our drinking water from being turned toxic by a cyber threat.


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  • Jonathan Howes

    Narrow miss.... They are really lucky that it wasn't a professional hacker.....

  • Peter Murphy

    They don't want to pay to protect their infrastructure, don't be surprised if they lose everything in the next major attack.

  • Jordan Gallaghe

    Hackers have no morale even if it's safety !

  • Andy Trass

    Cyber attacks keep on increasing this year, I am rarely using digital devices.

  • Luke Walker

    Where is the cyber police ???

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Matthew Rosenquist 

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Matthew Rosenquist is an industry-recognized pragmatic, passionate, and innovative strategic security expert with 28 years of experience. He thrives in challenging cybersecurity environments and in the face of ever shifting threats. A leader in identifying opportunities, driving industry change, and building mature security organizations, Matthew delivers capabilities for sustainable security postures. He has experience in protecting billions of dollars of corporate assets, consulting across industry verticals, understanding current and emerging risks, communicating opportunities, forging internal cooperation and executive buy-in, and developing practical strategies. Matthew is a trusted advisor, security expert, and evangelist for academia, businesses, and governments around the world. A public advocate for best-practices, and communicating the risks and opportunities emerging in cybersecurity. He delivers engaging keynotes, speeches, interviews, and consulting sessions at conferences and to audiences around the globe. He has attracted a large social following of security peers, is an active member on advisory boards, and quoted in news, magazines, and books. Matthew is a recognized industry expert, speaker, and leader who enjoys the pursuit of achieving optimal cybersecurity. Matthew Rosenquist is experienced in building world class teams and capabilities, managing security operations, evangelizing best-practices to the market, developing security products, and improving corporate security services. 

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