|Critical Infrastructure Security|
A new Unisys research study, “Critical Infrastructure: Security Preparedness and Maturity,” found alarming security gaps in the world’s critical infrastructure organizations that could impact their ability to prevent devastating attacks to disrupt power generation and other critical functions. Conducted in partnership with the Ponemon Institute, the study surveyed 599 global IT and IT security executives at utility, oil and gas, alternate energy and manufacturing organizations in 13 countries, from April to May 2014. These industries have become high-risk targets for cybersecurity incidents.
The survey asked respondents, whose jobs involve overseeing the security of their organizations’ IT infrastructure, how they are addressing cybersecurity threats to protect their organizations’ information assets and critical infrastructure. The results highlighted the concerns of many of these executives regarding the security of industrial control systems (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems that monitor and control the processes and operations for power generation and other critical infrastructure functions.
For example, nearly 70 percent of critical infrastructure managers surveyed reported at least one security breach that led to the loss of confidential information or disruption of operations in the past 12 months. In addition, 78 percent said a successful attack on their organization’s ICS or SCADA systems is at least somewhat likely within the next 24 months. Yet only one in six respondents described their organization’s IT security program or activities as “mature.”
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