In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of July 10, 2017

Posted: July 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

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This Week in Critical Infrastructure we bring you commentary from across multiple sectors in both the United States and Australia, as well as views on election systems as critical infrastructure and the state of industrial cybersecurity.


Securing Elections Remains Surprisingly Controversial

Lily Hay Newman from Wired discusses continuing skepticism among state election officials towards the federal decision to designate election systems as critical infrastructure. State leaders are concerned over the potential interference from federal authorities that could follow such a designation, while DHS officials insist all assistance will be voluntary.

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Protecting Critical Infrastructure in an IoT World

For CSO in Australia, Simon Howe of LogRhythm comments on the threats posed by the growth in Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices and implications for security moving forward.

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Foreign Hackers Probe European Critical Infrastructure Networks: Sources

From Mark Hosenball at Reuters, a report from sources in the European Union and United Kingdom indicate that breach attempts targeting critical infrastructure firms and systems in Europe are becoming a regular occurrence. These reports mirror similar news on attempts by hackers to assess the potential for attacks against U.S. infrastructure.

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Airbus Helps Drive Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security

Warwick Ashford, Security Editor for Computer Weekly, writes on the impact Airbus is having on industrial control system (ICS) security through innovations in the security of their own manufacturing systems.

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Commentary: Comprehensive Vulnerability Assessment is Key to Protecting the Grid from Cyberattacks

Stan Pietrowicz and Tony Bogovic from Vencore Labs write for Utility Dive on the need for more comprehensive assessments of grid system vulnerabilities in light of new technologies that have increased the attack surface for energy systems in the United States.

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Commentary: America’s Most Important Infrastructure Project is 5G Mobile Networks

From Marcelo Claure, CEO of Sprint, commentary via CNBC in support of policy that will enable what he considers the most vital infrastructure upgrade facing the nation, implementation of coast-to-coast 5G wireless networking for mobile data.

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