This week, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) published a draft report detailing industry and government strategies that will reduce the complex risks associated with critical infrastructure sectors. The report, "Securing Cyber Assets: Addressing Urgent Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure," continued the work of the council, which was first appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2001 to advise the U.S. president on the cybersecurity of critical services.
The Government Is Falling Short
The draft report warned that the country is falling short on its ability to defend critical systems against aggressive cyberattacks. In it, the council asserted that the country is at pre-9/11 cybersecurity and there is only a narrow window of opportunity yet available to coordinate resources.
The NIAC made 11 specific recommendations in the report to shore up the country's cybersecurity defenses. Among these are the establishment of specific network paths designated for the most critical networks, which would include dark fiber networks for critical control system traffic and reserved spectrum for backup communications during emergencies.
Authors of the report also advised improved threat information sharing between private and government bodies, with the government providing incentives for any hardware upgrades performed.
From Security Intelligence
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