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NCSAM 2018 Week 4 BannerSafeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

Our day-to-day lives depends on the country’s 16 sectors of critical infrastructure, which supply food, water, financial services, public health, communications and power along with other networks and systems. A disruption to this system, which is operated via the internet, can have significant and even catastrophic consequences for our nation.


Statistics: Critical Infrastructure is at Risk

According to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center’s (NCCIC) Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) Year in Review 2016, The number of attacks reported to ICS-CERT has gone up almost 400% since 2013 – jumping from 73 to 290 incidents in 2016.  Of the 290 incidents reported to the ICS-CERT in 2016:

• 63 were in the Critical Manufacturing Sector
• 62 in the Communications Sector
• 59 in the Energy Sector

The number one risk to critical infrastructure? Spear phishing, which represented 26% of incidents reported to ICS-CERT.


CyberAware Tips to Keeping Critical Infrastructure Systems and Networks Safer

KEEP A CLEAN MACHINE

Keep all software on internetconnected devices – including personal computers, smartphones and tablets – current to reduce risk of infection from ransomware and malware

LOCK DOWN YOUR LOGIN 

Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Strengthen online accounts and use strong authentication tools – like biometrics, security keys or a unique, one-time code through an app on your mobile device – whenever offered.

WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT

Links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to access your information. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or, if  appropriate, mark it as junk.

SAFER FOR ME, MORE SECURE FOR ALL

If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer, more resistant from attacks and more resilient if an attack occurs.

Learn more in the Week 4 infographic, Safeguarding Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure.

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