ROME, N.Y. – Experts at Assured Information Security in Rome say cybersecurity threats are constantly evolving, making businesses more vulnerable, including national companies like Colonial Pipeline.
A cyberattack on the pipeline last week stopped production after ransomware was used on the computerized pipeline management system. The company paid a $5 million ransom to the hackers to restore service to much of the east coast.
“Cyberattacks against critical infrastructure have grown significantly in the past years and the numbers are likely to continue to rise as more systems are automated and connected to networks,” said Eric Thayer, principal engineer for systems analysis and exploitation at AIS. “At AIS we regularly analyze the security of complex systems, such as those that may have been supporting the pipeline. We have a team that specializes in identifying weaknesses and hardening safety critical systems.”
AIS encourages businesses to frequently assess their security systems to reduce the risk of getting hacked.
“Cyber threats are constantly evolving, and it is important for companies to understand the impact of vulnerabilities before they are discovered and to be prepared with plans in place to mitigate potential threats,” said Thayer. “End to end vulnerability assessments and secure product consulting are services we often encourage our customers to consider. These services help to proactively identify weaknesses before they are exploited and we can build systems securely from the ground up, minimizing potential threats.”
AIS is located on Brooks Road in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome.