Powering the cyber security of utilities

Major utilities need to stop ignoring the real risks posed to electical grids from cyber attacks or suffer the potental long-term consequences.

As a “kick off” to the 2012 RSA conference, CyLab performed an analysis of how boards and senior executives are governing security and privacy of their digital assets which include networks, systems and data. What struck me profoundly is that the key conclusion in this report was: “…boards and senior management are still not exercising appropriate governance over the privacy and security of their digital assets.” This is especially interesting – and troubling – in light of the continuing cyber attacks on enterprises and governments that are often discussed in the news and analyst reports in Australia.

It also reinforces my current call for an increased “security conscience” from the executive management and designated security executives in today’s companies and utilities in Australia

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