Challenges in Protecting Critical Infrastructure against Cyber Threats

Critical Infrastructure

Critical infrastructure is always a prime suspect of cyber criminals, and with the increasing availability of Cybercrime as a service, these malicious actors have enhanced their capabilities to execute a full-blown attack on the sensitive business asset.

The current threat environment has become very sophisticated and made it very complex for the SecOps teams to secure critical assets on the business network. Full-blown cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure will tremendously disrupt the current workflows and might have serious implications on business continuity.

Following are a few challenges that CISOs need to be aware of while securing the critical infrastructure against cyber threats:

Internal threats

One of the major threats to securing sensitive business assets is internal resources, including the workforce, tech stack, and stakeholders. According to a report by Deloitte, nearly 85% of data breaches occur from human errors, which significantly increases the risks faced by critical infrastructure.

Enterprises are creating cybersecurity awareness in the workforce by gathering insights from the current security information and event management (SIEM) and log management tools as an efficient solution. However, it is not the best way to deal with the challenge because it will increase the number of false positives, overburdening the staff with additional work.

CISOs should consider reducing the false positives and enhancing situational awareness by integrating robust threat intelligence tools which seamlessly integrate with the current cybersecurity tech stack and detects threats in real-time. An advanced threat intelligence tool will seamlessly integrate with the existing tech stack and optimize the security posture with limited resources.

Ever evolving threat landscape

As the cybercrime is expanding exponentially, the challenges of critical infrastructure are driven by two major factors.

Firstly, they have to deal with a tremendous amount of sensitive business data stored on unpatched, unsecured, and obsolete operating systems. It is one of the biggest reasons why these sensitive business assets are a prime target of cybercriminals.

Another factor that drives the challenge is that critical infrastructure is being migrated to the cloud, and there is a tremendous adoption of mobile and Internet of Things (IoT), that has increased the attack surface area. As a result, the SecOps teams need to ensure visibility into the entire IT infrastructure and re-imagine and refocus their threat intelligence to stay secure in the current threat landscape.

Also Read: Top 4 Strategies to Prevent the Active Directory (AD) from Cyber Threats and Risks 

Talent gap and lack of cybersecurity awareness

It is crucial for organizations to have more aware staff and robust tools in the IT infrastructure to enhance their threat detection and response capabilities to protect the critical infrastructure. However, there is a tremendous talent gap in the industry which makes it challenging for businesses to have an efficient cybersecurity posture and tech stack to stay protected.

A recent report published by Fortinet titled “2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Global Research Report” suggests that approximately 80% of the organizations were victims of at least one or more cybersecurity breaches because there was a skill and/or awareness gap. SecOps should consider exploring, evaluating, and implementing a threat intelligence tool that helps organizations to achieve their cybersecurity goals and minimize the talent gap in the organization.

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