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The dynamic nature of the threats demands government agencies to work together to counter them and build trust and protect their critical infrastructures.
FREMONT, CA: Government agencies are increasingly finding themselves as targets for cyber breaches. Many federal, state, and government agencies are not proactively deploying critical infrastructures that are rooted in strong cyber hygiene. To ensure preparedness, government regulators need to work together to develop a framework of guidance and best practices for monitoring critical infrastructure vulnerabilities, closing the cyber exposure gap, and responding to threats before they make any serious consequences.
Advances in AI allow the process-oriented anomaly identification necessary to deliver cyber protection in operational technology as in information technology. Solutions that leverage machine learning to understand the OT environment can play a key role in improving critical infrastructure OT security posture. By learning autonomously and adapting, and tapping into artificial intelligence, the right solutions can manage alerts, reduce false positives, and identify threats that might otherwise be missed in a flood of data. The end result is effective threat mitigation and response.
• Increase Visibility
Visibility into critical infrastructure networks and their risk exposure is vital in improving cyber resiliency and operational reliability. Effective visibility needs real-time network monitoring and a continuously updated network asset inventory. Consolidated visibility across regional or multinational facilities is equally essential. This helps lower support costs, accelerates troubleshooting, and improves staff efficiencies. Critical infrastructures should be aligned to offer visibility across the organization, so contextual decisions can be made with the most accurate and up-to-date data.
• Improve Preparation Planning
An essential, yet often overlooked, part of an effective critical infrastructure cybersecurity posture is a thoughtfully developed and well-rehearsed crisis response plan. The government should assemble all existing policies, business continuity, operational, and communications plans that outline the risks. It is always best to have a written crisis response plan that contains response team and responsibilities, assessment criteria, decision protocols, and responses to instances most likely to impact critical infrastructures. A sound plan eliminates second-guessing and accelerates response time during a crisis. Ideally, it is reviewed and updated at regular intervals.