Can utilities overcome the challenges posed by mounting digital complexity as they race to build the smart infrastructure of the future? Industry experts share their views ahead of appearances at Utility Week Live in May.
What are utilities companies doing to strengthen the resilience of their assets and their processes to protect against cyber attacks – and are they going far enough? This report sets out the challenges facing the sector, the security practices being put in place and how the regulatory framework should reflect these investment needs.
With utilities in the spotlight and the energy industry the UK's most targeted sector last year, Nigel Thorpe, technical director at SecureAge, looks at why there needs to be a rethink about protecting personal data. He says companies should move away from a traditional 'castle and moat' approach and instead implement full data encryption to ensure it is protected at all times.
The parent company of South Staffs Water and Cambridge Water has confirmed it is suffering disruption to its IT network after being targeted by a criminal cyber attack. Meanwhile, Thames Water has dismissed as a hoax claims by the cyber criminal group C10P that it had hacked the company.
The frequency of attempted cyberattacks has increased by five to six times since Russia began amassing troops on the border ahead of its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, one prominent water company has told Utility Week. It said the additional attacks may represent political posturing rather serious threats as many have been traceable to Russian IP addresses rather than decoys.
Dependency on the critical national infrastructure supply chain means the attack on Elexon could indirectly affect other companies, a security expert has warned. The attack targeted the code administrator’s internal IT systems, although the balancing and settlement code’s (BSC) central systems and EMR were unaffected and working as normal.
Hugo Rosemont, director of security and resilience, at the ADS group, has outlined the five key elements utilities will need to focus on in order to be prepared for what he described as the “latent threat” of cyber security.