By Ashley Baich, Marketing – Bay Dynamics

November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month. The goal is to increase awareness and reaffirm the importance of the security of our nation’s critical infrastructure. During the past year, headway was made in better securing the assets that deliver water, electricity and food. In May 2017, the President signed a cybersecurity executive order that emphasizes protecting the “crown jewels” of the nation and the catastrophic consequences of those jewels being compromised.

We have already seen some of those consequences.

In October 2017, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned of an Advanced Persistent Threat targeting government entities and organizations in the energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors. Residents are currently recovering from the devastating hurricane damage in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  The majority of Puerto Rico remains without power 46 days after the hurricane struck. Residents are drinking bottled water, with no other options.

Our nation’s critical infrastructure is always a popular target for cyber criminals, which is why every month should be Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month.

I recently experienced what life would be like without critical infrastructure. As part of a University project, I stayed on the island of Saint John’s for nine days without any of the usual day-to-day resources.  We slept in a national park camping site and had no electricity, filtered or hot water, cell service or a kitchen.

While my experience was nothing compared to the real devastation mentioned above, it did give me an unwelcomed taste of what life would be like without critical infrastructure. It made me realize how lucky we are to have readily available, daily access to these fundamental services and I walked away vowing to never take for granted any of them again.

As an intern at Bay Dynamics, I have learned the importance of always knowing “your crown jewels” – those applications and systems, that if compromised, would impact your organization and your customers the most. Critical infrastructure is on that “crown jewels” list.

Bay Dynamics’ flagship analytics platform, Risk Fabric®, enables organizations to prioritize the protection of their crown jewels by quantifying the business impact of cyber risk based on actual telemetry data in the environment and delivering prioritized threat and vulnerability data to the stakeholders responsible for mitigation. With Risk Fabric, security leaders, board members, application owners, and other decision makers up, down and across the enterprise understand exactly what they need to do each day to reduce risk the most.

We need this kind of risk management approach baked into the protection of our critical infrastructure.

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