Threat Assessment Ranks Cyber Related Vulnerabilities

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The 2014 Worldwide Threat Assessment ranks cyber-related vulnerabilities as the number one homeland security threat against the United States. In addition to cyber threats within the nation, Russia and China continue to hold views substantially divergent from the United States on the meaning and intent of international cyber security. Also stated within the 2013 Worldwide Threat Assessment is North Korea as they are becoming a tier one threat to the United States. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition has been seen as vulnerable and is noted as a severe threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.
James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, states, “Critical infrastructure, particularly the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems used in water management, oil and gas pipelines, electrical power distribution, and mass transit, provides an enticing target to malicious actors. Although newer architectures provide flexibility, functionality, and resilience, large segments of legacy architecture remain vulnerable to attack, which might cause significant economic or human impact.” (Clapper, 2014) SCADA are the underlying control systems of most critical national infrastructures including power, energy, water, transportation, telecommunication and are widely involved in the constitutions of vital enterprises such as pipelines, manufacturing plants and building climate control. (Zhu, Joseph & Sastry, 2011)…
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