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The Importance of Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Training to Combat Threats

By CIOReview | Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Gone are the times of simple firewalls and antivirus software being a primary security measure adopted, cybersecurity risk is increasing, driven by global connectivity and utilization of cloud services.

FREMONT, CA: Cyber threats are not new to any industry now. Hence, the increasing critical infrastructure cyberattacks need to be addressed before it is too late. Besides, a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute brought to light that 90 percent of professionals in the industrial control system (ICS) and operational technology (OT) ecosystem informed at least one negative impact of a cyberattack in the past years. The primary reason behind these attacks are flawed IT/OT integration, lack of visibility, complexities of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, and insufficient cyber policies to mention some. However, the contributing factors that stands out from the rest are the lack of workforce and under-skilled critical infrastructure cybersecurity workforce.

CIP Workforce Challenge

Recruiting and training cybersecurity talent is the most prevalent challenge among organizations throughout the country. According to the cybersecurity ventures, the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs has risen by more than 50 percent since 2015 and is expected to reach upwards of 3.5 million by 2021. ICS, originally designed to stand alone, has now become interconnected with external networks, which is a problem for the current operations workforce who are not digital natives.

Evolving CIP Cyber Training

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For protecting critical infrastructure, practical experience is invaluable. The transition for IT security professionals or students is difficult as CIP cyber has specific nuances generally not found in enterprise cybersecurity. For instance, if dependent upon ICS as isolated networks, the businesses have evolved to incorporate modernized connections between their CIS, business, and external networks. This shift to better productivity has, unfortunately, exposed the critical infrastructure sectors to external and internal threats.

Training is essential to address the critical infrastructure’s workforce needs. It must evolve to emphasize levant technologies and processes as well as interoperability with the existing IT security infrastructures, especially access control.

To ensure success in protecting enterprises against cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, professionals need to be equipped with the right tools. CIP cybersecurity training must possess an in-depth experience with technologies like deep content disarm and reconstruction (D-CDR) technology and multi-scanning. D-CDR technology helps in breaking a file down and removes any malicious threats. The training programs must focus on practical means and ‘why’ and ‘how’ Deep CDR is utilized. Multi-scanning technology enables students to understand how advanced threat detection and protection via scanning engines multiplies malware identification rates.

The training of aspiring industry professionals should include not only the needed practical skills but also the comprehension of the nuanced systems that build the Purdue model.

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