In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of June 26, 2017

Posted: June 30, 2017 at 11:22 am

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This Week in Critical Infrastructure we bring you the latest news on the latest global ransomware outbreak, more commentary on infrastructure investment proposals, and some opinions on resilience in the energy sector from a cyber perspective.


Petya Ransomware Epidemic May Be Spillover from Cyberwar

From Wired, Andy Greenberg writes on the latest updates from the fallout of the latest massive ransomware outbreak called Petya, or more accurately NotPetya. The latest evidence indicates that the attack appears to have originated with a targeted strike against Ukraine with spillover into firms around the world.

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Trump’s Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Promise Has Broad Appeal And Big Challenges

Joe Wertz of NPR’s State Impact discusses the general approval of President Trump’s infrastructure investment plan with a focus on infrastructure needs in Oklahoma.

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Empower The Private Sector To Close The Infrastructure Funding Gap

From Forbes, contributor Wayne Winegarden writes in support of public-private partnership in infrastructure investment for revenue-generating projects like toll roads as a way of meeting the lofty $5.2 trillion infrastructure investment advocated by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP): Security Problems Exist Despite Compliance

Steve Ragan writes for IT World on the residual risk that remains after firms meet their compliance obligations under the NERC CIP Reliability Standards. Ragan shows how compliance is a step toward security, but does not provide the full answer for protecting vulnerable systems.

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A New Era for Critical Infrastructure: IT Security

From CSO in Australia, Tom Corn of VMware Inc. advocates for greater use of virtualization in the energy sector, adapting technology that has enabled cloud services in recent years. He argues that, despite popular skepticism, greater integration using the cloud will lead to reduced risk.

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