Society has one very critical technological underpinning that goes un-noticed by most people, but not hackers. If you’ve ever seen the most recent die hard movie then you’ll have an idea of what I am talking about. That is, the world’s critical infrastructures are vulnerable to attack by hackers (scary but true). These infrastructures include but are not limited to Water, Power, Communications, Transportation, Chemical Plants, etc.Critical Infrastructure existed well before the advent of the Internet. The systems that were deployed to support the infrastructure were designed for stability, reliability and redundancy. These are computer systems that are used to control massive pumps, generators, cooling pools, the flow of gas, and other critical devices. A failure in one of those computer systems can translate to a failure in one of those critical devices.When Infrastructure’s IT Infrastructure was first built, remote measurement devices would report data back home via dedicated network connections. In some cases people would physically go to remote locations and take readings and report those readings back to the headquarters. Recently however, Infrastructural businesses realized the cost benefit of using the Internet in place of the dedicated lines and the traveling meter-reading engineers. What they didn’t consider what the seriousness of the Internet threat, and the capabilities of those who create the threat.As a result Infrastructure in every developed country contains critical technological vulnerabilities that have yet to be discovered. Those vulnerabilities if exploited successfully could result in damages ranging from basic system outages to the deaths of many people. This is the cost of a premature reliance on technology that people don’t fully understand.To make matters worse the solution isn’t easily implemented. The problem is clouded with […]