Yesterday, McAfee released “In the Dark: Crucial Industries Confront Cyberattacks,” a sequel report focused on the critical civilian infrastructure that depends most heavily on industrial control systems. Our 2011 report is a follow up to last year’s “In the Crossfire: Critical Infrastructure in the Age of Cyberwar“. As our VP of Threat Intelligence Phyllis Schneck notes, this year’s report is scarily similar to the previous report, in that the same mistake is being repeated.
Schneck points out “The so-called ‘smart’ grid is being created with that renewed joy of convenience and efficiency, and that renewed lack of investment in security.” In the Dark gathers research and survey data from IT security executives at critical electricity infrastructure enterprises across 14 countries.
In the past year, the sophistication of Stuxnet has dramatically changed the threat landscape – an attack aimed at sabotaging an industrial control system. Focused on the major industry sectors of power, oil, gas and water, this recent report highlights the key industry findings from respondents as they address the scale of the attacks and the relative adoption of security technologies. Also noted in the report are key trends pulled from the executive survey data including the role of government in these cyber attacks.