Jerome Farquharson, CISSP
Practice Manager, Compliance & Infrastructure Protection
Cybersecurity: Identifying Threats, Vulnerabilities
Every day there’s a new threat to your business’ critical cyber assets, and most businesses operate without knowledge of these catastrophic vulnerabilities.
In May 2010, James Miller, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy for the U.S. Department of Defense, noted the nation is losing enough data from cyberattacks to fill the Library of Congress many times over.
Attackers could manipulate power-grid data by breaking into substations and intercepting communications between substations, grid operators and electricity suppliers. This data could be used to artificially establish electricity prices and upset the balance of supply and demand, according to Texas A&M professor Le Xie, speaking at the IEEE SmartGridComm2010 conference in Gaithersburg, Md.
Advanced Approach to Protecting Cyber Assets
You can’t afford to wait until you’re a target.
With decades of experience securing both the private and public sector networks, Burns & McDonnell assesses your risk, recommends mitigation measures and implements holistic security solutions that keep your business operating while ensuring the confidentiality, data integrity and continued availability of mission critical data.
Any device connected to your corporate network from a smart phone to a thermostat to a remotely monitored substation could introduce new vulnerabilities, introducing security weaknesses that your in-house information technology staff can easily miss. Burns & McDonnell security professionals use government security expertise to comprehensively evaluate your network infrastructure, identify weaknesses and mitigate risks.
Don’t wait until you’re the target. The costs of cyber crime are too high — interruption in operations, lost revenue and a damaged reputation. Proactive, holistic cybersecurity starts with Burns & McDonnell.
A factory acceptance test (FAT) often follows the addition, modification or upgrade of safety instrumented systems or others critical to the operation of a facility. Cyber security, because if its impact on the safety of critical systems, should be integrated with the FAT.
Burns & McDonnell's Jerome Farquharson, Anna Wang and Jarad Howard will present on "Smart Grid Cyber Security and Substation Network Security" at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18.