Week 5: Oct. 30-31
Protecting Critical Infrastructure From Cyber Threats
"The systems that support our daily lives – such as electricity, financial institutions and transportation – are increasingly dependent upon the internet. Building resilience in critical infrastructure is crucial to our national security.
Week 5 will look at how cybersecurity relates to keeping our traffic lights, running water, phone lines and other critical infrastructure secure. This week is also the transition to November’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, highlighting the tie between cybersecurity and our nation’s critical infrastructure."
National Security is a very broad term that encompasses many things. Some such things are internet access, fraud protection, infrastructure protection, and so on.
Last year on October 21st, the largest recorded DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack paralyzed much of the internet in the United States and parts of Europe. Many websites, including CNN, Netflix, Twitter, and Reddit were inaccessible.
On October 20, 2017 US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) sent out an alert regarding advanced persistent threat activity targeting energy and other critical infrastructure sectors. Below is a link to the alert.