Kaspersky Lab has launched a vertical advanced package for energy enterprises, Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity (KICS) for Energy to protect the complex networks of modern electrical power grids.
The networks with integrated automation and control functions communicate through open protocols without sufficient built-in cybersecurity functions to combat the increasingly sophisticated threats they face.
A recent Kaspersky Lab report found showed that 92 per cent of externally available industrial control system (ICS) devices use open and insecure Internet connection protocols.
The number of ICS-component vulnerabilities has increased by a factor of 10 since 2010, making these devices an easy and lucrative target for cybercriminals.
According to Ernst & Young’s latest Global Information Security Survey, 42 per cent of power and utilities companies admit it is unlikely they would be able to detect a sophisticated attack, making the challenge for energy companies clear.
Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity (KICS) for Energy is designed to help enegy companies secure every layer of their industrial infrastructure without impacting on the operational continuity and consistency of technological processes.
It is based on Kaspersky Lab’s suite of protection of industrial infrastructure.
The solutions protects SCADA level control centres and Substation Automation Systems on upper level of automation including Servers, HMI, Gateways, Engineering workstations, Secondary automation equipment, Protection relays, Bay controllers, Merging units, RTU and other substation bus and process bus IED and overall network infrastructure.
Cyberattacks can lead to complete loss of service, becoming a nightmare for citizens and society.
“That is why energy enterprises need to bolster their defences,” Andrey Suvorov, Head of Critical Infrastructure Protection, Kaspersky Lab said.