Why does operational technology matter?
Operational technology (OT) cybersecurity encompasses the software, hardware, policies, personnel, and services deployed to protect physical systems. These systems comprise the backbone of national critical infrastructure and represent tangible links between society and its digital tools and data. In the past, these systems were more isolated and disconnected from other systems, with far more emphasis given to safety of their users than security of their component parts. No longer. With rising sophistication, automation, and interconnectivity in these operational technologies, security has become an overwhelming need.
Issue Brief Dec 6, 2021
Cybersecurity concerns for the energy sector in the maritime domain
By Andy Bochman, Ian Ralby
As a wide spectrum of energy companies continue to rely on the maritime domain or even increase that reliance, they must be mindful that traditional maritime threats—like piracy, theft, and weather events—are not the only threats they face today. Maritime cybersecurity concerns are among the most potentially disruptive to energy-sector interests, and yet are among the least understood and addressed.
In-Depth Research & Reports Oct 4, 2021
Raising the colors: Signaling for cooperation on maritime cybersecurity
By William Loomis, Virpratap Vikram Singh, Dr. Gary C. Kessler, Dr. Xavier Bellekens
Few industries are as critical to the global economy as the maritime transportation system (MTS). However, the efficient operation of the MTS is at risk, as the industry is increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats. The MTS must work to raise its baseline for cybersecurity and better protect its actors from systemic cyber threats going forward.
Issue briefs and reports Jun 15, 2020
The reverse cascade: Enforcing security on the global IoT supply chain
By Nathaniel Kim, Trey Herr, and Bruce Schneier
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the increasing convergence of the physical and digital worlds and it affects us all. Hundreds of “things” are being connected to the Internet and each other, with more than fifty billion devices expected to be connected by 2030. Many IoT devices are manufactured abroad at low cost with little consideration for security. How can we secure these devices, especially those manufactured outside the United States?
Report Dec 11, 2019
Aviation cybersecurity: Scoping the challenge
By Pete Cooper, Simon Handler, Safa Shahwan Edwards
The digital attack surface the aviation sector presents to its adversaries continues to grow in such a way that both managing risk and gaining insight on it remain difficult. With emerging technologies like machine learning and fifth-generation (5G) telecommunications seeing wider adoption—alongside electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL), autonomous aircraft, and increased use of space—aviation-cybersecurity risk management is on the cusp of becoming more complex.
Issue Brief Mar 30, 2016
Smart Homes and the Internet of Things
By Greg Lindsay, Beau Woods, and Joshua Corman
Read the Publication (PDF) The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next step in the evolution of wireless networks. Analysts predict the IoT will double in size to nearly 50 billion devices by 2020, comprising a $1.7 trillion market. One of the greatest opportunities still lies ahead in the form of the “smart home.”
Report Mar 18, 2015
The Healthcare Internet of Things: Rewards and Risks
By Jason Healey, Neal Pollard, and Beau Woods
The Internet of Things of digital, networked technology is quickly moving to the forefront of society, the global economy, and the human experience. Individuals wear networked devices to learn more about themselves, their diet, their exercise regimen, and their vital signs. Doctors can adjust and optimize implanted medical devices, such as pacemakers, quickly and accurately—and […]
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EnergySource Dec 3, 2021
Ensuring resilient clean energy infrastructure
By Andy Bochman, Jennifer T. Gordon
As the energy infrastructure of the future starts to spring up, ensuring its resilience to potential changes in climate will be pivotal. Modeling tools must evolve to forecast these coming challenges, and climate adaptation discussions must expand to include clean energy infrastructure.
The 5×5 Jul 22, 2021
The 5×5—If it blinks, it sinks: Adventures in securing operational technology
By Will Loomis, Simon Handler
With rising sophistication, automation, and interconnectivity in operational technologies, security has become an overwhelming need.
New Atlanticist Oct 13, 2020
Trouble underway: Seven perspectives on maritime cybersecurity
By Cyber Statecraft Initiative
With greater than 90 percent of all global trade tonnage transported by sea and vital global energy networks, maritime infrastructure has never been more essential and yet also more at risk.
The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, under the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), works at the nexus of geopolitics and cybersecurity to craft strategies to help shape the conduct of statecraft and to better inform and secure users of technology.