Ten key questions and actions to tackle ransomware in critical infrastructure has been saved
Ten key questions and actions to tackle ransomware in critical infrastructure
Critical infrastructure assets are high value targets for state-based cyber espionage and asymmetric warfare, and increasingly, active ransomware criminal groups. Aided by rapid digitisation, 2020 was characterised by a significant increase in cyber-criminal activity, in particular ransomware attacks. Research indicates a seven-fold rise in ransomware attacks over the first half of 2020.
Indeed, all our essential services are increasingly at risk, as a successful cyber attack on critical infrastructure can:
- Disrupt operations and the supply of electricity, oil, gas, water, waste management, and transport
- Further threaten the safety of workers and citizens as dependent services, including emergency services and health facilities, suffer shortages or are compromised as collateral damage
- Impact revenue, result in reputational damage, and lead to litigation or regulatory consequences to the service outage
- Bring an economy to a standstill in a serious and sustained scenario, due to the domino effects described earlier, and the possibility of public disturbance and civil unrest
- Be leveraged to weaken a country’s government and essential services in preparation for a conventional military attack by another nation-state.