Our trip to the 2012 ISSA International Conference in Anaheim, California has us thinking even more about cyber terrorism. We surveyed more than 100 security professionals while we were there and they told us, among other things, that 79% of them are expecting a major cyber terrorism event within the year.
If so many of the world’s top IT security pros are expecting a major strike to happen so soon, who is at risk? When asked what the most likely targets were for cyber terrorism, 48% of respondents said it is the nation’s power grid and utilities. The security professionals commented on the lack of protection for those targets and their connectivity with the Internet.
More and more, we are realizing that the front lines of the fight against cyber terrorism are not with the CIA or in some military bunker. They’re in the IT departments of countless electricity companies, water providers, natural gas companies and various other utilities. And wow, do we have some work to do.