Now more than ever, electric and gas companies are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks. There are several components of the energy industry that heighten both the risk and impact of cyber threats against utilities. Those include but are not limited to : 1. Potential disruption of service/generation. 2. Theft of customer information. 3. Disruption of substations, yielding outages. 4. Large expenses could be incurred in the event of a ransomware attack. 5. Large-scale disruption of power to customers through remotely disconnecting services, therefore posing a threat to transmission. These are all things that affect millions of people and our economy.
At EnerConnex, we truly value security and understand that all of our customers are on their own cybersecurity journey. With that said, most individuals in the energy sector have become aware of the risks surrounding cybersecurity, but those leading these sophisticated attacks are always finding new and creative ways to insert a security breach in our technology-evolving industry.
What can you be doing?
- Understand internal and external risks.
- Training for all members of your company/awareness.
- Identify opportunities or potential gaps that there may be based on what OT and IT policies that you already have in place.
- Stay in regular contact with your EnerConnex consultant on the latest developments in the fight against these cyber risks.