During times when the country expresses passionate opinions over the politics of the day, I wonder what U.S. adversaries focus on. One thing always in the back of my mind, as a former intelligence correspondent and now publisher of a national-security focused website, is the U.S. power grid. U.S. critical ...

Cipher Brief Cyber Advisory Board members offer their views on threats to the U.S. power grid, as interviewed by Cipher Brief Publisher and CEO Suzanne Kelly. Former Deputy Secretary of State Robert Work, a member of The Cipher Brief’s Cyber Advisory Board, says potential attacks on the U..S power grid ...

The reality of modern times is that nations are in a constant state of cyber engagement – either for espionage, influence, or disruption purposes. While there is a tacit acknowledgement that cyber espionage for political and military purposes is is fair game, some actions such as the disruption of critical ...

It’s likely only a matter of time before a major cyber attack hits U.S. civilian infrastructure, but the nature of that digital violation and the means to respond remain uncertain, as many of the most sensitive systems operate under private sector control. There is a “narrow and fleeting window of ...

The taxonomy of cybersecurity often includes alarming declarations on par with acts of war. But cyber campaigns outside of active conflict hardly meet such a coercive threshold. While there are major concerns over the cybersecurity of the nation’s critical infrastructure – the power grid, water treatment plants, transportation hubs, energy ...

As governments and industries try to understand the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats to civilian nuclear power plants, it is becoming clear that property and information are not the only assets at stake. Public confidence is also at risk. The steady stream of news about massive hacking of government and corporate ...

For many, cybersecurity is a technical problem and therefore requires technical solutions. But for policymakers and the national security community, a key takeaway from this year’s RSA Conference is that cybersecurity is simply a digital extension of many of the threats that have been around for a long time: organized ...

Cybersecurity is often discussed in relation to the major global powers: China’s economic espionage, Russian influence operations, and U.S. dragnet global surveillance to thwart terrorism. However, as other countries move to digitize their economies, cybercriminals are zeroing in on these new and lucrative targets while regional players are quickly incorporating ...

President Barack Obama’s decision to impose a range of sanctions against Russia for its successful network strike and information operation against the U.S. electoral process was an excellent first step towards an improved cyber deterrent capacity. However, we must do much more at home to harden our networks and critical ...

The balance between privacy and security in the digital age will be a key cybersecurity challenge for the next administration, according to former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. “We really need to get to the point where we really view security and privacy as two sides of the same coin ...

The Cipher Brief’s Luke Penn-Hall spoke to Tom Parker, Chief Technology Officer for FusionX, at the annual Black Hat cybersecurity conference that took place in early August. Parker shared his view of the threat landscape to Supervisory Control and Data Acqusition (SCADA) systems and other critical industrial infrastructure. The Cipher ...

A serious, potential malware threat has been detected on the systems that control many aspects of critical infrastructure in the United States.  These industrial control systems (ICS) manage the operation of valves, turbines, and other physical devices that are essential to manufacturing, electricity generation, and water services. ICS systems offer ...

Industrial control systems (ICS) underly many aspects of our critical infrastructure, and there are concerns that they are becoming more vulnerable to hackers. The Cipher Brief has covered the threats to these systems, but recently there have been reports that Russia-affiliated hackers were able to cause power outages in Ukraine ...

Industrial control systems are a profoundly important part of the critical infrastructure of the United States, but they are also increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The Cipher Brief spoke to former National Security Agency official Rhea Siers about the growing threat to these systems.  Siers says the U.S. is getting better ...

As a senior advisor to two U.S. Presidents, Melissa Hathaway helped develop U.S cybersecurity policies.  She currently is the President of Hathaway Global Strategies, and a senior advisor for the Cyber Security Project at Harvard.  Hathaway spoke with The Cipher Brief about how critical infrastructure sectors need to be prioritized ...

At the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Caitlin Durkovich leads the Department’s efforts to strengthen public-private partnerships and coordinate programs to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure, assess and mitigate risk, build resilience, and strengthen incident response and recovery.  She spoke with The Cipher Brief about what DHS is doing to ...

Ralph Langner is co-founder of the Langner Group, an independent cyber defense consultancy, who has a quarter of a century experience working cybersecurity issues that impact critical infrastructure.  Langner spoke with The Cipher Brief about how the threats facing our nation’s critical infrastructure have evolved, and what needs to be ...

Protecting critical infrastructure organizations against cyber attacks is a perpetual topic of conversation in Washington.  Over the past few years, President Barack Obama along with various senators and congressmen have proposed several cybersecurity programs.  They include the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Cybersecurity Framework and an increase in ...