Cyber Challenges for the Energy Industry
In 2013, the Department of Homeland Security reported that out of 200 instances the energy sector was the target of more than 40 percent of cyberattacks the department handled. The 2015 Dell Security Annual Threat Report finds that the attacks on SCADA systems has doubled since 2013. In December 2015, part of Ukraine’s power grid encountered an unprecedented cyber-attack, causing 225,000 people to lose power. Though the United States has yet to see this type of high level cyber-attack, the possibility exists that a nation state or a malicious actor could take down part or all of one of the nation’s aging and vulnerable power grids.