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Why is Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Training Essential?

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Monday, February 10, 2020

cybersecurityThe days with simple firewalls and antivirus software as a primary security measure are long gone. In today’s world, cybersecurity risk is rapidly growing, which is driven by global connectivity and the implementation of cloud services.

FREMONT, CA: Cyber threats date long back in the industry. Therefore, the increasing critical infrastructure cyberattacks must be addressed before it gets too late. Besides, a study carried out by the Ponemon Institute presented that 90 percent of professionals in the industrial control system (ICS) and operational technology (OT) ecosystem reported one negative impact each of a cyberattack in the past years. The main reasons behind the attacks are defective IT/OT integration, lack of transparency, complications of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) processes, and inadequate cyber policies. Nevertheless, the factor that contributes the most and stands out from the rest is the lack of workforce, along with the under-skilled critical infrastructure cybersecurity staff.

CIP Workforce Dispute:

Employing and training cybersecurity talent is one of the most prevalent challenges among organizations within the country. As per the cybersecurity ventures, the number of vacancies in cybersecurity jobs has grown by more than 50 percent since 2015 and is predicted to reach 3.5 million by next year. ICS, initially designed to stand alone, has connected with external networks, which might be considered as a problem for the present operations workforce who are not digital natives.

Developing CIP Cyber Training:

To protect critical infrastructure, practical experience is invaluable. Since the CIP cyber has specific nuances generally not found in enterprise cybersecurity, it becomes difficult for the transition for IT security professionals or students. Training is crucial to address the critical infrastructure’s workforce requirements. It evolves to emphasize levant technologies as well as interoperability with the on-going IT security infrastructures.

To make sure that success in protecting enterprises against cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, professionals should be equipped with appropriate tools. CIP cybersecurity training needs to have in-depth experience with technologies, along with deep content disarm reconstruction (D-CDR) technology and multi-scanning. Furthermore, multi-scanning technology allows the students to understand the advanced threat detection and protection via scanning engines, which helps in multiplying the malware identification rates.

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