In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of April 24, 2017

Posted: April 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm

This Week in Critical Infrastructure we share news from St. Louis on proposals to privatize aspects of the city’s Lambert airport, the latest commentary on cybersecurity at the federal and local level, and some new market analysis on critical infrastructure with trends for the future.


White House official slams ‘unacceptable’ cyber status quo

From EnergyWire, Blake Sobczak writes about a top cybersecurity official in the White House who has called the current time it takes to remove hackers from federal critical computer networks unacceptable. Robert Joyce, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator, described the need for every federal agency with critical infrastructure oversight to have the same capabilities as agencies like the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

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Could privatizing airport services help resolve infrastructure woes?

From The Christian Science Monitor, David Iaconangelo reports on proposals from St. Louis to bring in private management for the city-owned Lambert Airport. Similar proposals across the country have been met with a lack of enthusiasm in the past, but if successful, St. Louis could provide a path for future public-private partnerships in transportation and other sectors.

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8 Ways Governments Can Improve Their Cybersecurity

Michael Chertoff and Jeremy Grant, through the Harvard Business Review, announce publication of a new white paper discussing how government can best ensure the protection of critical cyber assets based on eight principles for authentication policy.

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Smart Cities, Big Problems? The Risk of Malware in IoT-Enabled Infrastructure

Douglas Bonderud, writing for Dell’s Security Intelligence, discusses the security implications of designing cities based on Internet-of-Things (IoT) models. While efficiency demands that cities embrace the benefits of these emerging tools, new connected assets will provide new threat vectors for attackers, and planners and operators must be prepared. (Related: “Smart Cities Are Going to Be a Security Nightmare,” Harvard Business Review)

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Critical Infrastructure Protection Systems – Global Industry Analysis 2024

Transparency Market Research introduces a new report offering a comprehensive evaluation of the global critical infrastructure market with projections through the year 2024.

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