Month: July 2020

Critical Infrastructure Security

 

From a cyberattack on a nuclear power plant to an exposed electrical grid, every government holds the responsibility of protecting its citizens from harm. This is why critical infrastructure security is essential to protecting countries against natural disasters, terrorist activities, and harmful cyber threats. From energy institutions to transportation companies, all sectors of critical infrastructure require the highest standard and disaster preparedness, including chemical, financial and healthcare sectors.

16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors

  • Chemical Sector
  • Commercial Facilities Sector
  • Communications Sector
  • Critical Manufacturing Sector
  • Dams Sector
  • Defense Industrial Base Sector
  • Emergency Services Sector
  • Energy Sector
  • Financial Services Sector
  • Food and Agriculture Sector
  • Government Facilities Sector
  • Healthcare and Public Health Sector
  • Information Technology Sector
  • Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste Sector
  • Transportation Systems Sector
  • Water and Wastewater Systems Sector

What is Critical Infrastructure Security

Common components of critical infrastructure include Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Operation Technology (OT), and SCADA Systems, all of which require preventative cybersecurity preparedness. In today’s connected environments, digital and physical systems are converging and systems that once stood alone managing critical infrastructure operations are now connected, bringing with it a whole sleuth of new security concerns.

Having a Critical Infrastructure Protection plan in place can help organizations prepare for and prevent serious incidents involving critical infrastructure environments. To protect against an ever-growing number of threats, security experts must re-examine the integrity of critical infrastructure systems regularly, ensuring they hold up against unique threats and attacks.

While system or network security almost always incites thoughts of hacker or terrorist threats, many other exposures that should also be taken into consideration when examining the viability of a CIP plans, such as equipment failure, human error and natural causes. While preventing attacks takes a combination of knowledge, technology and skill, it also requires a security-aware culture.

Join us this Thursday, July 23rd for a discussion on Critical Infrastructure #Security with Hub Security’s CTO Andrey Iaremenko.

Webinar: UK Market Financial Challenges 2020

We hosted on July 9th the webinar ‘UK Market Financial Challenges 2020’. In case you missed it, you can find below the recording.

Thanks to our speakers:

Otni Oron, Fintech Sector Manager – UK Israel Tech Hub at British Embassy Israel
Guy Israel, VP at MV Credit
Shterny Isseroff – Freelance writer and Journalist

The Case for Accelerated Hardware and the Programmable HSM

 

Now more than ever, electronic devices that are critical to our everyday life, from complex IoT infrastructures to national defense systems, are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Yet one huge problem remains for those attempting to safeguard the Internet’s newfound interconnectivity: the amount of computing power required.

Many security experts have been questioning whether this new demand for computing power with built-in cyber protections will be delivered using software or purpose-built hardware.

Cyber Resilience Begins on a Hardware Level

The ugly truth is, any asset without proper KMS security built into either is at risk for a cyberattack. A safety-critical system cannot be considered truly safe without adequate cyber-protections.

While producers of connected cyber-physical systems are moving quickly to build robust protections into their products, many experts agree that the impact of a potential large-scale hardware attack could have devastating consequences on both customers, companies and the general public.

While software can easily be replaced, updated or downloaded, hardware can’t usually be altered after it leaves the factory which produced it. From the moment malicious hardware is built into a device, an attack can be executed in a wide variety of ways. For example, an attack can be internally triggered based on a calendar date or externally triggered using stored hidden malware.

These are just a few examples of many underlining the need to proactively address hardware security concerns before it’s too late. That’s why global security experts worldwide are in agreement: cyber-resilience begins with hyper-secure, high-performance hardware –– or accelerated hardware.

Cybersecurity Using Accelerated Hardware

Accelerated hardware is hardware specifically designed to perform certain functions more efficiently than would be possible using software running on a general-purpose central processing unit (CPU).

Using accelerated hardware, an operation can be computed faster than software running on a general CPU. Conducting tasks using specially-designed hardware can decrease latency, increase throughput, and increase parallelism. On a software-level, it can also lead to faster development, lower non-recurring engineering costs, and heightened portability.

Hub Security’s Hardware Security Module

Hub Security’s next-gen hardware security module offers a complete KMS solution to these common cybersecurity challenges. Hub’s combination of software and hardware-oriented cyber solutions all begin with an ultra-secure, quantum-proof and programmable HSM which leverages the benefits of accelerated hardware to promote both flexibility and efficiency.

Built on FPGAs which can handle more data per second than traditional CPU-based HSMs, Hub’s hardware enables organizations to protect themselves against massive novel cyber attacks –– no matter where they may arise.

Hub Security is excited to host the UK- Israel Tech Hub for a conversation on banking and finance challenges in 2020. Join us this Thursday.

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