Preparing for physical and cyber security convergence by Andrea Biraghi

“Preparing for physical and cyber security convergence, Issue 8, scritto da Andrea Biraghi per Longitude, Ottobre 2020.

A comprehensive security strategy in today’s threat environment calls for solutions that take both physical and cyber-security into account, because cyber threats are physical threats too. By thinking of cyber-physical security in a unified way, leaders can invest in advanced digital technology making their network and facilities safer.

The physical, real world is becoming more and more saturated with objects that have a computational capacity and that communicate with the network, with each other or with users / citizens. Virtually everything, in the near future, will be interconnected and will have to collect information, make autonomous decisions and respond to predefined stirrings.

Physical and cyber security convergence and the Internet of things

By 2020 there will be more than 230 billion active intelligent objects (known as IoT — Internet of Things), 24.4 billion of them will be directly connected to the net- work; each of us is already completely immersed in a technological landscape on which we depend for many elementary actions during the day: for example the car navigator system to move around, the mobile phone or applications to order online shopping and so on.

However, people hardly stop to reflect on the fact that there are also many other elements of their life that absolutely depend on the cyber world. Just to give a few examples in the world of transport, almost all the newly built subways, high-speed trains, aircraft landings in conditions of poor visibility, are all governed by computers that manage the systems to which they are dedicated in an absolutely “human less” way. The subways are therefore “driver less”, the train driver is present only to manage emergencies, in the airplanes the landing with fog is managed by a ground-based automatic system that communicates with the control systems of the plane allowing it to land even without seeing the runway…..Read the article on Andrea Biraghi Cybersecurity News

Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure: the virtual warfare

Today, for example, Israel turns out to be one of the most attacked nations. By attacking Israeli critical infrastructures, cyber terrorism wants to strike at Jewish citizens and therefore through cyber attacks to threaten real, physical life using this as a lever for geopolitical reasons. Israel is attacked 1,000 times a minute by cyber-terrorists who are largely targeting the country’s infrastructure: water, electricity, communications, and other important services. While the hackers have so far failed to mount a meaningful attack on major systems that might leave Israelis without power, there’s no guarantee it can’t happen in the future.

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Andrea Biraghi è amministratore delegato Comdata. Esperto in Cyber Security, Security & Information System. Project Manager digitalizzazione e sicurezza IT.