Essential Infrastructure Interdependencies: Would We Be Prepared For Significant Interruptions? presented at deepsec 2017

by Herbert Saurugg,

Summary : Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) are major topics almost everywhere. Its priority has also increased during recent years because of rising incidents, even if the focus is still on a sectoral approach and on prevention. And there's the issue of delayed detection.How to cope with significant infrastructure interruptions if protection efforts fail and possible cascading effects occur is hardly public knowledge, nor do people have the necessary capabilities to deal with them. The shared belief that it won’t happen is still overwhelming. But it could be a Turkey-Illusion.
DDoS, IoT-attacks, ransomware, vulnerabilities, unpatchable IT-systems, ... the list of current IT-problems and challenges is endless. Every security expert is daily fighting an unwinnable battle. But what would it mean to our society, if infrastructure systems fail on a broad scale? How can we reduce these risks? And how can we make infrastructures more robust and people resilient?
This talk will look at cyber security from a different perspective and open your eyes to a hardly recognised danger to our modern and heavily interconnected world.