Power Industry + Pandemic = Cybersecurity Concerns

Filed in Cyber Security, Our Faculty, Power Systems by on June 24, 2020 0 Comments

COVID-19 shelter-at-home rules have increased our reliance on the internet, and cyber criminals have taken notice!

Utilities have databases full of personally identifiable information and are operators of critical infrastructure—attractive targets for hacker thieves and potentially hostile nations.

With remote work likely to continue even after the world overcomes the novel coronavirus, this is a good time to refresh people on basic cyber hygiene, e.g. watching for phishing emails and ensuring that software patches are up-to-date across the organization. And, as important as these tactical actions are, the question for utilities is: are you strategically prepared to stay ahead of the attackers?

Michael Ahern recently delved into these concerns in an article he wrote for Energy Central. Ahern specifically speaks to how human resources workers and recruiters in the power industry can educate their employees as they continue to work from home.

Read Energy Central’s article written by WPI’s Michael Ahern

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