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April 27, 2011

Cyber-Attacks Targeting Power, Gas Utilities on the Rise: Survey

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By: Fahmida Y. Rashid, eWeek

Cyber-attackers are increasingly targeting critical infrastructure, such as power and gas utilities, with sophisticated threats like Stuxnet. However, these organizations have so far failed to bolster their cyber-security defenses, according to a new report. Critical infrastructure in the United States, including power and gas utilities, remains vulnerable to cyber-attack, and organizations are unprepared to handle major incidents, a research report found. A survey of 200 IT executives in charge of security at power, oil, gas and water utilities in 14 countries showed that 80 percent of the respondents said their organization has experienced large-scale denial-of-service threats. The study examined the cost and impact of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure, including power grids and oil, gas and water lines.

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