In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of November 14, 2016

Posted: November 18, 2016 at 3:15 pm

This Week in Critical Infrastructure, we share three articles on current issues in cybersecurity, including two items furthering the discussion of the impact of recent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that have caused major outages in recent months. Furthermore, we bring you an article discussing the potential for blockchain implementation in energy systems from a European perspective.


Is Critical Infrastructure the Next DDoS Target?

From CSO Online, Taylor Armerding writes on the potential for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against critical infrastructure systems in the wake of the the DDoS strike against domain name server (DNS) provider Dyn.

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Experts to Congress: IoT Regulation May Be Inevitable

Matt Leonard reports for GCN on current perspectives around regulation of the internet of things (IoT). Following the distributed denial of service (DDoS) strike against Dyn, which was enabled by a bot net consisting largely of IoT devices, renewed calls have arisen for regulation of IoT assets for security.

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The Impact of Blockchain on the Energy Sector – Expectations from German Energy Executives

For European Business Review, Christoph Burger, Andreas Kuhlmann, Philipp Richard, and Jens Weinmann write on how blockchain technology like that used by cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, are being considered as a tool for increasing the security of energy systems.

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