ICS challenges following the new cyber EO

Bentsi Benatar, CMO and co-founder at Sepio Systems, discusses the ICS challenges following the new cyber EO.

The fact that critical infrastructure is under attack is mainly due to these 3 motivations; physical distractions can be created, psychological impact, and the pressure to pay.

In early May, President Biden signed the Executive Order (EO) on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity-Biden Administration’s Cyber Security Executive Order. While in the making for some time due to a series of cyberattacks on key US entities, the EO was signed just a few days after the most recent incident targeting critical infrastructure. The attack on the Colonial Pipeline Company caused significant disruptions to those living on the East Coast. Moreover, it occurred only a few months after the SolarWinds hack, which several US Government agencies fell victim to. Cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, including the federal government, can seriously put national security at risk. And as cyberwarfare proliferates, the EO came just in time.

The general aim of the EO is to enhance the government’s security posture through various efforts from both the public and private sector. Many such efforts require improvements to current practices while others consist of new measures that address the current and evolving threat landscape; specifically, the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).

Bentsi will be speaking about the various ICS challenges following the new cyber EO.

June 23rd, 2021