February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

Features

Cybercrime and Utilities: Preparing for Attack

Cyber-crime is one of the biggest threats organizations face. Computers control almost everything we do, from the level of chlorine put into our water to the electricity supply into our town. Hackers are fully aware of this, and they understand if they infiltrate these systems or do anything to jeopardize the supply of these utilities, it wouldn’t take long before chaos erupted. Cyber-criminals are constantly looking for new targets and energy companies can deliver significant return on investment. A cyber-criminal, for example, could hold a country at ransom by stopping its gas supply. This illustrates how cybercrime can be an extremely profitable business, and depending on the scale of an

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