Cyberattacks on America's critical infrastructure skyrocketing

The number of cybersecurity incidents involving potential attacks on critical infrastructure increased by more than 2,000 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to a new report from the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), reports Defense Systems sister publication FCW.

In 2009, ICS-CERT, which is part of the Homeland Security Department, received nine incident reports; that number jumped to 41 in 2010 and 198 in 2011.

In 2009 and 2010, the energy sector was the target of the most incidents, accounting for a third of all reports in 2009 and for 44 percent in 2010. In 2011, water utilities saw 41 percent of the incidents reported to ICS-CERT, and attacks on multiple sectors made up 25 percent.

A large number of incidents involved "sophisticated and targeted spear-phishing campaigns" that opened the door to theft and further network infiltration, according to the report.

Reader Comments

Mon, Jul 9, 2012

I think I will just play golf!

Mon, Jul 9, 2012 Martin Atayo Washington, DC

Variant cyber security related problems and format of pepertration highly necessitate an open complaint pool that receives all kinds of cyber crimes,and must be linked and accessed for examination by all segments of cyber crimes combatting institution. No crime,no matter, its miniature, should go unreported to the complaint center. More importantly, the public awareness must be enhanced and encouraged within the context of bringing up violations,either,considered individualized,corporate or governmental agency targeted.Only by open cyber crimes reporting,can security network avail itself to virtual changing crime trend.

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