Technology running the world’s critical infrastructure is increasingly at risk of cyber attack, according to research by Lloyd’s of London insurer Aegis London, writes Warwick Ashford at ComputerWeekly.com.
The study, conducted by BAE Systems, covers the evolution of cyber risk in the energy sector and its impact on critical infrastructure businesses in the UK, Europe, US and Canada.
Researchers found that state-sponsored cyber attacks are a serious and evolving threat to power and utility companies, Ashford writes.
A survey of energy and utility companies showed that most respondents believe a cyber attack of major significance and impact on critical operational infrastructure is highly likely.
The researchers said these organisations have a good understanding of the cyber threats they face, and one of the biggest challenges energy companies and utilities face are constraints outside their control. These include things like a lack of adequate and mature technology systems.
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