Cyber Security Awareness Month

Week 5: Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

Week 5: Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

The systems that support our daily lives are increasingly dependent upon the internet. Building resilience in important infrastructure—electricity, financial systems and transportation—is critical to national security. This includes keeping our traffic lights, running water, phone lines, and other critical infrastructure secure.

In February 2013 the President signed EO 13636: Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. One of the major components of EO 13636 is the development of the Framework to help critical infrastructure sectors and organizations reduce and manage their cyber risk.  Just as we all rely on critical infrastructure, we all have a role to play in keeping it safe and secure. We use this Framework as the basis for our Cyber Security Incident Response Plan.

Individual citizens play a vital role in preventing cyber attacks on our critical infrastructure. By practicing good cybersecurity behaviors everyday – like setting strong passwords and reading privacy policies – everyone can help defend our Nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

Cyber Tip of the Week

Cyber criminals frequently exploit vulnerabilities in old software for their attacks, which is why it is essential to regularly update the software on your Internet-connected devices (including PCs, smartphones, and tablets) to reduce the risk of infection from viruses and malware.