This attack on Colonial Pipeline is clear proof of the need to provide cybersecurity and insurance to all of our utility providers and stakeholders. It is also an unfortunate example of the enormous vulnerability of an aging infrastructure that has been connected, directly or indirectly, to the Internet. Organizations need to be able to track behavior, identify threats, and take immediate action to protect the safety and security of their operations.
Armis tracks more than 1 billion assets and devices daily, helping subscribers avoid falling prey to such attacks. Our unique OT and ICS visibility and threat detection capabilities provide our users with the ability to stay on top of suspicious system behavior, working across their ecosystem to limit and shut down untrusted assets, systems or applications.
In this case, the Department of Energy is monitoring potential impacts on the country’s energy supply while the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Transportation Security Administration are involved in the criminal investigation. Colonial Pipeline has confirmed it has closed 5,500 miles of pipeline as a security measure and hired a cybersecurity firm to undertake post-incident analysis and assessment.
This attack led to an immediate halt in the distribution of oil and gas to the east coast of the United States (including several states and airports) and resulted in an immediate decline in the futures market. Every day, key infrastructures in the United States are under attack. This is a clear case of hacked ICS / OT being turned against their very owners, the intention, in this case, appearing to be a desire to extract ransoms from Colonial Pipeline, in return for release from control. specific OT systems.
Such attacks are preventable – the ARMIS platform is designed to limit the ability of such malicious actors to never violate your environment and to carry out such an attack. If you want to learn more about how we do it, just request a live demo here. ISG has appointed Armis as the leader in OT security in this area. Just click here to get your copy of their report.