Zero Trust Segmentation protects energy infrastructure

Illumio ZTS contains cyber-physical attacks and strengthens cyber resilience

Energy cyberattacks can have a major impact on society

Denying access to critical services has proved highly profitable to cybercriminals, and the energy sector is one of the most critical — and targeted — industries.

An attack on energy infrastructure can have a devastating impact on society. Energy operators must prioritize strengthening their cyber resilience to withstand inevitable breaches.

Disruption is prevalent and costly

  • #3

    The energy sector is the third most targeted industry by ransomware and threat actors.

  • 150%

    Ransomware attacks on energy systems increased by 150% in 2022.

  • $4.72

    The average cost of a data breach for energy companies reached $4.72 million in 2022.

Why is energy cybersecurity essential?

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    Maintain the delivery of critical services

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    Avoid financial and reputational harm

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    Achieve and maintain compliance

Cyber resilience requires an “assume breach” mindset

Cyber resilience is the ability to deliver services continuously and keep critical operations up and running during and after a security breach.

Traditional cybersecurity solutions were designed to protect systems, networks, and data from attacks. Adopting a cyber resilience strategy with Zero Trust prevents systems and networks from being derailed when security is compromised.

Cyber resilience helps organizations recognize that attackers can be successful using improved evasion techniques. An “assume breach” mindset drives a more proactive approach to prepare, prevent, respond and recover from cybersecurity incidents.

Cybersecurity Resilience and the Assume Breach Mindset from Illumio

Challenges to energy cyber resilience

  • Increased connectivity

    A growing number of departments, systems, services and devices are connected, potentially exposing high-value services to attack.

  • Grid transformation

    As the grid becomes smarter with more devices connecting at the edge, the risk of an attack generating at the grid edge grows.

  • Targeted cyber-physical attacks

    Criminals and nation-state actors have identified that cyber-physical attacks on critical devices have a long-term effect on service delivery.

How Illumio solves energy security challenges

Watch this video to learn three ways the Illumio ZTS Platform helps energy and utility operators build cyber resilience and maintain the delivery of critical services.

Better cyber resilience with Zero Trust Segmentation

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    Plan for an attack

    Understand dependencies between assets and enhance cyber resilience for critical systems by adopting Zero Trust Segmentation.

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    Stop the spread

    Gain a clear perspective on security risks across all assets and implement security policies to stop the spread of attacks.

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    Adapt in real time

    Scale visibility and security policies dynamically as your IT environment evolves, ensuring business agility and resilience.

Energy operators rely on Illumio to protect critical infrastructure

With Illumio, we now have unprecedented visibility into our server and application traffic. It is making all the difference in our ability to protect our data center.
Mullar Wan

General Manager of Information Technology,
Hongkong Electric