> Cybersecurity for Energy Companies and Utilities
Cipher provides cybersecurity solutions to companies that are part of the energy sector, including utilities, producers, and the many specialized companies that make the industry function.
The energy industry powers the world. The sector includes the companies that explore and develop oil or gas reserves and then refining. Power utilities that serve consumers are also in the industry. As renewable and alternative energy grows, those companies are also powerful. The organizations in the industry face similar cybersecurity challenges, including ransomware, data breaches, and malware.
The United States government is taking a more active role in the cybersecurity of these critical sectors. The energy sector is one of the sectors designated by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) as critical. The Department of Energy (DOE) also has a variety of efforts in place to help ensure cybersecurity attacks do not disrupt energy production.
The companies in the sector have the responsibility for ensuring other sectors are equipped with the power required to complete their missions. This interdependence makes energy especially important. If a company in the energy sector is taken down by a cyber-attack, the impact is going to be felt by individual consumers and other businesses.
The importance of cybersecurity was illustrated when Colonial Pipeline fell victim to a ransomware attack. The attack appears to have started with a phishing email. Next in the attack chain was a ransomware infection. This situation resulted in panic for many in the southern states and gas station outages.