Learn what cybersecurity threats are cropping up from the new digital landscape and how to take a defense approach that secures a utility’s communication infrastructure.
As utilities move forward with modernizing and upgrading their operational technology (OT) networks, the progression toward converging them with information technology (IT) networks increases. While the benefits of integrating a utility’s IT and OT networks under a single operational umbrella are demonstrated, rising security threats and evolving security and privacy requirements come into play.
Individual attacks and cyber warfare tactics highlight the importance of critical infrastructure investments that will strengthen information security, build resiliency into operations, and encourage IT and OT collaboration in a technology-driven environment. Adding to the pressure is intense scrutiny from regulators and customers on the security, safety, and operational reliability of power delivery, as well as an unprecedented array of regulatory requirements, such as the North American Energy Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards.

While many of the requirements and regulatory factors are directed to the electrical industry, the same principles and best practices can also be applied to water, oil and gas, and to the new Internet of Things (IoT) digital arena.

In this paper, you will learn:

  • What cybersecurity threats are cropping up from the new digital landscape
  • The current industry standards around cybersecurity
  • Three steps to taking a defense-in-depth approach that secures and protects a utility’s communication infrastructure