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Issue 02/2019

Protecting critical infrastructure: the importance of making power grids secure-by-design

IEC 62351 standards for secure-by-design power systems communications

For the second year in a row the World Economic Forum has listed cyber attacks as one of the top five global risks, and highlights that an attack on a country’s electricity system could potentially have devastating effects. Power grid risk has increased due to expanded connectivity to IT and other systems, exposing them to more threats. As the same time, threat actors are focusing more on critical infrastructure attacks, and benefiting from the availability of malware toolsets on the internet.

2018
Issue 04/2018

Cyber security for supply chains: as strong as the weakest links

Supply chains vulnerabilities make them targets of choice for attacks

As up to 80% of cyber breaches may originate in supply chains, protecting these is an absolute priority for all organizations. Industrial and critical infrastructure assets are most at risk. The IEC has developed many Standards for these. It works also on conformity assessment (CA) and global certification schemes through Working Groups (WGs) set up by its Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) and by the Certification Management Committee (CMC) of IECEE, the IEC System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components. Both should help better protect supply chains.

Issue 04/2018

How to mitigate cyber threats

Latest publication in a critical series of cyber security International Standards

IEC Technical Committee (TC) 65: Industrial process measurement, control and automation, has recently published IEC 62443-4-1 on the life-cycle requirements for secure product development in industrial automation and control systems. The publication is the latest in the IEC 62443 series of Standards, a comprehensive set of guidelines that can be implemented in any professional environment, including those covering critical infrastructure, such as power plants or transport networks. These Standards are also increasingly used in the medical sector to protect patient data.

2017
Issue 07/2017

Helping thwart cyber threats on nuclear plants

Bespoke IEC International Standards reinforce protection against cyber attacks on nuclear power plants

Cyber attacks on civil nuclear power plants (NPPs) would have devastating consequences for a country relying, even in part, on nuclear energy. It could affect the entire power network, might cause the release of radioactive material and would have a highly adverse impact on public opinion. A Subcommittee (SC) of the IEC is developing International Standards that reinforce the cyber resilience of NPPs.