Protecting critical infrastructure, such as the systems used in the oil and gas industry, is increasingly concerning due to the rising threats posed by cyberattacks. The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack was a stark reminder of the potential vulnerabilities in our critical infrastructure.
In response to such threats, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a new cybersecurity directive (SD-O2D) in July 27, 2023. Non-compliance with this directive could lead to fines of up to $14,950 per day per incident, a liability that no Risk and Compliance Director would want to take. Let's simplify this complex issue and see how BlastShield can help.
Protecting critical infrastructure poses numerous challenges, from technical issues to organizational problems to the ever-changing threat landscape.
SCADA systems are like the brains behind many operations in industries like oil and gas. They control and watch over processes, from generating power to running production lines. Because they're so important, keeping SCADA systems safe is a top priority.
Regulations are essential for safeguarding critical infrastructure, particularly in the oil and gas industry. These rules cover everything from securing SCADA systems and protecting data to implementing cybersecurity measures.
One such regulation is the TSA directive (SDO2C), issued in response to the increasing threats to critical infrastructure. [Note: TSA SD02D was issued in late July of 2023 and we will share our comparison between the two in a subsequent blog post.] This directive outlines the need to conduct cyber assessments (CAP or cyber assessment plan), the need to have an incident response plan (IRP) approved by TSA and an approved implementation plan (CADR or Cyber Architecture Design Review) meeting specific requirements for network segmentation, secure remote access, patch risk reduction, and continuous monitoring. Non-compliance with this directive could lead to substantial fines, making it a top priority for Risk and Compliance Directors.
The TSA directive emphasizes four key areas:
1. Network Segmentation: Ensuring Operational Technology (OT) systems can continue running safely even if an Information Technology (IT) system gets compromised, and vice versa.
2. Secure Remote Access: Setting up secure access controls to keep out unauthorized users.
3. Patch Risk Reduction: Keeping systems updated. Patching and updating operating systems, applications, drivers, and firmware as soon as possible.
4. Continuous Monitoring: Constant vigilance on systems to spot cybersecurity threats and anomalies that could disrupt critical cyber system operations.
BlastShield provides an excellent solution to these security challenges. The good news is that BlastShield can help you fulfill three out of four TSA requirements for the implementation plan: Zero Trust Remote Access, Segmentation, and Protection against unpatched systems.
In addition to the TSA directive, there are other guidelines, such as NIST 800-82. While this guideline doesn't carry the same enforcement power as the TSA directive, it serves as a valuable resource for best practices in industrial control system security. Following this guideline can help beef up your organization’s security.
And if you're someone who reports to the CFO, you know how important insurance considerations are. Cyber insurance has been getting pricier lately. But the good news is that solutions like BlastShield can help bring those costs down. BlastShield checks all the boxes insurance companies want to see, which could simplify the long, onerous forms and questionnaires as well as lowering premiums.
By satisfying all the criteria for insurance companies, BlastShield enhances organizations' security and significantly impacts the financial management of cyber risks. This makes it an excellent choice for organizations seeking to fortify their critical infrastructure protection while maintaining cost-effectiveness.
Compliance with TSA SD02C doesn't have to be a headache. With BlastShield, you can easily meet many of the TSA requirements, save on staffing costs, and even reduce your cyber insurance premiums.
Understanding the challenges and using robust security measures like BlastShield, we actively protect your critical infrastructure from emerging threats.
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