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Week 5: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Posted: October 30, 2017

Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

The theme this week is: The essential systems that support our daily lives – such as electricity, financial institutions, and transportation – are all dependent upon the Internet. Building resilience in critical infrastructure is crucial to our national security. Week 5 will look at cybersecurity in relation to keeping our traffic lights, running water, phone lines, and other critical infrastructure secure.

The Internet has become a vital part in our lives, including the operation of pretty much everything. I went to the dentists after Hurricane Irma and the dentist could not even take x-rays for patients because the x-ray machine has to be connected to the Internet. That is a minor item, but think of all the medical equipment that needs power and or Internet. This is a huge vulnerability.

Most of the time we are concerned about our smartphone connectivity to the Internet and protecting our personal information, but the most important aspect is the availability of utilities (power, water, etc.) for everyone. Here is a brief article discussing the electrical grid: "cybersecurity experts offered solutions to protect the U.S. electric grid, including moving the grid off of the public Internet, and using quantum encryption capabilities."

When it comes to protecting your business from cyber threats, Zerofail Southeast is here for you. Contact us today for more information, info@zerofailse.com.