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Updated CyberSecurity Best Practices for Energy, Industrial, & Healthcare Networks

Updated CyberSecurity Best Practices for Energy, Industrial, & Healthcare Networks

CIS and NIST recently updated their critical security controls and framework. The critical security controls and framework make us CyberSecuirty and Network Mangement Best Practices.

 

Cybersecurity breaches into energy, industrial, and healthcare-based networks are happening more frequently and at an alarming rate. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for many, it’s not a matter of if an intrusion will take place, but when.1  New practices state that networks should be updated in real-time.

 

  • To improve the security of information and operational technology, including industrial control systems, energy companies need mechanisms to capture, transmit, analyze and store real-time or near-real-time data from these networks and systems.
  • With such mechanisms in place, energy providers can more readily detect and remediate anomalous conditions, investigate the chain of events that led to the anomalies, and share findings with other energy companies.
  • Obtaining real-time and near-real-time data from networks also has the benefit of helping to demonstrate compliance with information security standards.”2

 

CyberSecurity and network management software coupled with a good security framework that updates network data in real-time, can assist in meeting Audit and Compliance requirements. A network breach could result in a huge financial loss, a loss of reputation, an environmental catastrophe, and most critical – workplace injuries and fatalities. The complexity of these integrated system of networks has been difficult to secure and have real-time updates, until now.

 

ClearArmor specializes in securing the following industries: Energy, Healthcare / Hospital, Water Treatment, Transportation, Manufacturing, Consumer / Retail, Financial Services, Public Safety / First Responder, and Chemical / Pharmaceutical.

 

Sources:The Department of Homeland Security, NCCIC/ICS-CERT – Seven Steps to Effectively Defend Industrial Control Systems This paper presents seven strategies that can be implemented today to counter common exploitable weaknesses in “as-built” control systems.2The NCCoE Draft of the NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide, SP 1800-7 “Situational Awareness for Electric Utilities,” February 16, 2017.3NIST SP 800-82.