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Forty percent of all nation-state cyberattacks this past year targeted critical infrastructure.
Cyberattacks on critical infrastructure are increasing in frequency and are on the rise. The United States is a high target for these attacks, with China and Russia being other nations especially vulnerable to them. Critical infrastructure is defined as "energy, telecommunications, transportation systems, water supply or wastewater systems." As cybersecurity improves worldwide, the likelihood of successful cyberattacks grows.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a new initiative specifically directed at cyberattacks on infrastructure, aptly named the Critical Infrastructure Protection Team (CIP). This team is a combination of experts in engineering, risk management and law enforcement. The CIP team is tasked with providing technical expertise to government agencies as well as examining potential cyber threats against critical infrastructure as well as understanding the legal implications of such attacks. The DHS has also created a Critical Infrastructure Coordination Centre (CICC). This centre is tasked with finding and removing vulnerabilities from critical infrastructure systems across the country.
Critical infrastructure is defined as "energy, telecommunications, transportation systems, water supply or wastewater systems."
Source: Cyberattacks Targeting Enemy States' Infrastructure on the Rise | PCMag