Energy & Utilities

FOR ENERGY & UTILITIES

Energy, water, and other critical infrastructure companies are attacked every day. Utilities is one of the most targeted sectors in any country. Why? Because of its high public profile and the potential havoc that a breach can cause. 73% of utilities have suffered a data breach that led to public scrutiny, compared with 55% of other industries – and ransoms are getting bigger.

 

Threats are evolving faster than cybersecurity can keep up with. What do hackers want? To steal confidential data belonging to you, your clients and your suppliers, and to invade control systems. Often, an attack can stem from something as small and seemingly harmless as a USB. The infamous Stuxnet virus that infiltrated an Iranian nuclear power plant in 2010 originated from a USB stick used by an engineer on his home computer.

An increasingly mobile workforce means even higher risks, and over half of energy and utility companies already fear that their remote workers have been hacked. With BYOD on the rise, a cyber attack is inevitable now. All 270,000 current and former customers of People’s Energy had their details stolen in a major 2020 data breach, when an unauthorized third party gained access to its data storage systems. And a 2018 third–party data breach on a smart regulator valve nearly destroyed a Saudi Arabian chemical plant.

 

It’s not just your own employees you need to worry about: how can you be sure that contractors, suppliers and supply chain partners are taking cybersecurity seriously? In 2018, a major utility was fined $2.7 million for a third–party data breach.

Electric utilities are the fourth worst performing sector when it comes to patching the catastrophic BlueKeep vulnerability, which 5% of utilities are still exposed to. With the KUB, you can provide every employee, supplier and customer with complete peace of mind. You can place it on–site for daily and regular cleaning of all company–owned and personal USB devices. It reduces the risks of malware making its way onto your site and networks via remote workers, regardless of what the owner accidentally downloaded. The KUB means no costly cyber attacks and hefty regulatory fines, and a much more cybersecurity-savvy workforce.