With the rise of political tensions and the creation of more advanced malware, cyber attacks increasingly threaten national security. According to the Wall Street Journal and several other news outlets, computer security researchers have discovered and analyzed Crashoverride, the malicious software responsible for knocking out electric utilities in Ukraine’s capital last year.
Intricately planned and tested, the malware exhibits a level of capabilities industrial-control system specialists have never seen before. Experts recognize it as the most powerful industrial-attack code uncovered. Although Crashoverride was initially designed to target Ukraine, computer security experts warn companies that the code can be easily modified to disrupt systems in the United States, and U.S. officials are wary of the threat the malware poses against the U.S. power grid.
Similar threats to the U.S. infrastructure are likely currently residing within these critical systems and can be triggered at any moment. Many of these threats blend in with the current security policies, slipping by undetected. Prevention is the only way to mitigate and eliminate large scale security risks, and it begins with having a full-scale historical look-back capability within the organization.