Colonial pipeline. JBS. Iowa and Minnesota agricultural cooperatives. While attacks on critical infrastructure are nothing new, it is only recently that concerns have emerged. For example, when Colonial Pipeline was hit by ransomware, there were long lines of cars and panic buying at gas stations. Some even ran out of supplies.
“America needs gas. Airplanes use kerosene and it was literally gone, ”said Dave Masson, director of enterprise security at Darktrace. “And that’s pretty much what raised public awareness of the issue.”
One of the reasons it has been so difficult to get people’s attention to threats to critical infrastructure is because the term itself is broad and encompasses many things.
“The critical infrastructure makes modern life pretty much worth living,” says Masson. “They are all the things that we actually need to live – how the electricity rises, how the water rises. How traffic moves …