The recent attempt by malicious hackers to poison a Florida city water supply, highlights the public risks and exposure of critical infrastructures.  Luckily, this incident was detected by an observant technician and mitigated before people were hurt, but it could have turned out far worse. 

This incident was a near miss.

The attack method was not sophisticated, rather it leveraged a common remote software tool, popular on Windows systems.  If the attack were launched by a professional with modern tools and methods, the result would have likely been different, to the health detriment of an entire community.

The simple reality is our nation’s 16 Critical Infrastructures (energy, water & sanitation, food distribution, healthcare, telecommunications, transportation logistics, emergency services, etc.) are all susceptible to cyber-attacks.


The digital revolution, bringing many of society’s building-blocks online, has tremendous advantages.  Any industry that adopts the benefits of digital systems and oversight, to reduce costs and improve efficiency, also assumes the burden of cyber risk.

We cannot be surprised anymore or act as if it is not a pressing problem with the world’s critical infrastructure.  We must expect these systems to be attacked and, in some cases, compromised. It places our security, privacy, and now most importantly people’s SAFETY at risk.  These types of attacks will continue and increase in both quantity and severity.

Much of the critical infrastructure is owned and managed by businesses, while others are public works. All need protection. Real protection, at the level we would expect to prevent our drinking water from being turned toxic by a cyber threat.

All organizations that embrace digital technology must realize that proper cybersecurity is a required part of the equation.  Critical Infrastructure leadership must proactively address the issue.  Society wants to hear that they are taking cybersecurity seriously, prioritizing for sustainable safety, investing properly, leveraging the best available expertise, and managing the risks appropriately.

Anything less, is unacceptable.

E-mail me when people leave their comments –

CISO and Cybersecurity Strategist

You need to be a member of CISO Platform to add comments!

Join CISO Platform

CISO Platform

A global community of 5K+ Senior IT Security executives and 40K+ subscribers with the vision of meaningful collaboration, knowledge, and intelligence sharing to fight the growing cyber security threats.

Join CISO Community Share Your Knowledge (Post A Blog)



CISO Breakfast at BlackHat Las Vegas 2024!

  • Description:

    We are thrilled to invite you to the CISO Breakfast at BlackHat 2024. 

    CISOPlatform is a community partner for the event which is co-hosted by Silicon Valley Bank, Stage One, First Rays Venture Partners, Latham & Watkins.


    Event Details: 

    • Date: Thursday, August 8th,…
  • Created by: pritha
  • Tags: blackhat usa, las vegas, ciso breakfast, usa