Managing Insiders in Utility Control Environments

by Matthew E. Luallen
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments SANS Institute security awareness

Over the past two years, attackers and saboteurs have unleashed highly public attacks against power control generators,theirsupply chains and partner organizations.In April of last year,for example,DarkReading reported a 30 percent rise in focused attacks against power utilities and a 300 percent rise in incidents against water and wastewater control systems as well. Insiders were responsible for 30 percent of those attacks.1 Insider threats are also being executed through social engineering techniques,which convince insiders to unwittingly divulge information—a trend expert Gary S. Miliefsky says in Hakin9 Magazine is going to be a growing problem in 2011 and beyond.