cyber security

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Energy Industry - Cyber-Attacks And Regulations
For many industries relying solely on NIST framework is not enough. The framework is not meant to replace their existing processes of handling cyber threats, however, by using the framework as a base, they can find the gaps in the most important infrastructure and figure out a way to harden and improve its security. For example, the energy industry is one of the most important industries and it has critical role in keeping the country safe. Therefore, most of the cyber-attacks are targeting it. In order to keep it safe, many agencies are involved in improving the best practices and standards for the industry, and hardening its critical infrastructure.
According to the Department of Homeland Security - Industrial Control Systems
Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) the energy sector has been a focal point for cyber-attacks.

The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) is taking the effort to reduce the risks related to all critical infrastructure for different industries. It coordinates control systems-related security incidents and information sharing between the critical infrastructure stake holders such as federal, state, local, and tribal governments and control systems owners, operators, and vendors.
In the first half of fiscal year 2013, (October 1, 2012–May 2013), ICS-CERT has responded to over 200 incidents across all critical infrastructure sectors. The highest percentage of incidents reported to ICS-CERT occurred in the energy sector at 53%.
The 53% of the attacks that hit the energy sector were done for either, competitive advantage, information warfare, extortion, protest, financial gain, and revenge. And usually they are done through...

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...nd Technology Directorate Cyber Security Division
The Cyber Security Division’s objectives are to:
• Develop and transition new technologies, tools, and techniques to protect and secure systems, networks, infrastructure, and users, improving the foundational elements of our nation’s critical infrastructure and the world’s information infrastructure.
• Provide coordination and research and development (R&D) leadership across federal, state, and municipal government; international partners; the private sector; and academia to improve cybersecurity research infrastructure.
The National Science Foundation (NSF)
The NSF is an independent federal agency that promotes the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. It has funded many researchers to help in improving the cyber security industry practices.

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