Cyberattacks rank second only to acts of terror in the current risk landscape compiled by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The number of cybersecurity incidents are on the rise and businesses of all sizes and in all sectors are at risk.
Klint Walker, cybersecurity advisor for DHS, provided an update on the growing threat during the first day of National Tank Truck Carriers' Safety & Security Council Annual Meeting, which runs June 18-20 in Ft Lauderdale FL. He also discussed ways DHS's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications can help businesses safeguard their computer networks more effectively.
Cyberspace has become a foundation for the way businesses are managed today, and technology is increasingly essential in our daily lives. Incredible amounts of information and data are now stored online, and government and private sectors are increasingly interlinked domestically and internationally.
The number of cyberattacks on these systems has never been greater, and the sophistication and complexity of these attacks is increasing, according to Walker. “The attackers know your weaknesses,” he said. “They know how to target your operation. They hit when they know it will hurt you worst. Businesses need to develop aggressive strategies to lock down their network systems and eliminate any back-door access.”
Full coverage of Walker’s cybersecurity presentation will be published in the July issue of Bulk Transporter.