Energy Dept. to test infrastructure durability to cyber attacks

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Ross Rustici, Senior Director of Intelligence Services at Cybereason, discusses the upcoming energy grid exercise, and why communication is an important factor in the test.


The Department of Energy is conducting a follow-up to its 2016 power grid test. For one week in November, the “Liberty Eclipse” exercise will simulate a large scale cyberattack on the United States’ energy infrastructure. Ross Rustici, Senior Director of Intelligence Services at Cybereason, says that the inclusion of the oil and gas utilities means that this test will be a much more rounded learning experience.

 

“For the most part people talk about ‘the cyber 9/11’ bringing the power grid, but really the whole complex is far more difficult to manage and a lot more sprawling than people generally think about,” Rustici said. “The oil pipelines, the refineries, these all have follow-on effects should one of them should go down, and it’s all dominoes that affect all of these sectors. If you look at one in isolation, you tend to miss the bigger picture and you end up not being as prepared as you could have been.”