Prepared for critical infrastructure failure?

Critical Infrastructure are those assets, systems, and networks that provide functions necessary for our way of life. They are part of a complex, interconnected ecosystem and any threat to these sectors could have potentially debilitating national security, economic, and public health or safety consequences.  Critical infrastructure faces various cybersecurity risks that can have severe consequences if exploited. Some of the key risks include:

Risks and Challenges:

›‹ Cyber Attacks:

Sophisticated cyber attacks, such as ransomware, malware, or APT attacks, can disrupt operations, damage systems, and halt essential services.

›‹ Vulnerabilities in Legacy Systems:

Older systems in critical infrastructure might have outdated software or unsupported operating systems, making them more vulnerable to cyber attacks as they lack the latest security updates.

›‹ Supply Chain Attacks:

Attackers may target suppliers or third-party vendors to infiltrate critical infrastructure systems through less secure entry points, leveraging the interconnectedness of networks.

›‹ Insider Threats:

Malicious or unintentional actions by employees, contractors, or insiders with access to critical systems can pose significant risks. This includes data theft, sabotage, or unauthorized access.

›‹ Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies:

Interconnectedness among various critical infrastructure sectors (such as energy, transportation, and finance) means a cyber attack on one sector could have cascading effects on others, amplifying the overall impact.

Addressing these risks involves a comprehensive approach, including regular system updates, robust cybersecurity protocols, employee training, contingency plans, and collaboration between public and private sectors to enhance defenses and response capabilities.

How WALLIX can helps to protect critical industrial Infrastructures

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Companies utilizing Operational Technology (OT), particularly in crucial sectors like utilities, energy, and healthcare, need preset links to common OT systems. They also need tailored functions within the PAM (Privileged Access Management) system to safeguard entry to their supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and OT devices.

The role of PAM

Here are some key reasons why deploying a PAM tool is important to protect the critical infrastructure:

›‹ Compliance
and Resilience

In critical infrastructure, where the stakes are high, the protection of privileged access is essential. PAM serves as a critical layer of defense, safeguarding sensitive assets and minimizing the risk of cyber threats and insider attacks.

›‹ Security Enhancement

Critical infrastructure often deals with sensitive data and systems. PAM helps in securing these assets by controlling, monitoring, and managing privileged access, reducing the risk of unauthorized access or misuse.

›‹ Regulatory
Compliance

Many industries in the critical infrastructure like energy, water and gas, have strict regulatory requirements. PAM helps organizations comply with regulations by providing audit trails, access controls, and privileged session monitoring.

›‹ Risk Mitigation

Unauthorized access to critical systems can result in severe consequences, including data breaches, system failures, or even infrastructure sabotage. PAM minimizes these risks by enforcing strict access policies and preventing unauthorized use of privileged accounts.

Deploying a PAM tool in the critical infrastructure is essential for protecting data, meeting regulatory requirements, preventing unauthorized access, and ensuring the overall security and availability of critical services.

Acclaimed by our customers

“Thanks to its access control and administration traceability features, WALLIX PAM has enabled us to considerably strengthen the security of our infrastructures and equipment.”

“Thanks to the session auditing feature, we can track all actions performed on the servers by all POST Luxembourg system and application administrators and therefore comply with the regulations to which we are subject as Financial Sector Professionals (FSPs).”

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