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Why is cyber security important to utility companies & where does mobile fit in?
It’s never a long wait until the next data breach hits the headlines. Recently, companies such as Whole Foods, Macy’s and British Airways have all suffered data breaches. For the utilities industry, a data breach could have serious consequences — not only for the company under attack, but for the public that relies on the company’s services. A report estimated that a cyber attack on the electric distribution network in south and east U.K. could cause disruptions in transport, digital communications and water services for 13 million people and cost the economy between £49 billion and £442 billion. Which companies have experienced data breaches? The big wake-up call for the utilities industry came in 2010 when Stuxnet, a malicious computer worm, attacked SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems. Stuxnet targeted machines using the Microsoft Windows operating system and was able to exploit zero-day flaws, which enabled it to infiltrate machinery used to control assembly lines. The attack was a major eye opener for the entire industry, proving how serious a cyber attack could be.
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