Governance & Risk Management , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development

Reducing Cyber Risks in Critical Infrastructure

Brian Harrell Discusses the Problem Areas

Outdated policies, lax regulatory oversight and bureaucracy have stunted more advanced cybersecurity investments at some organizations that provide the nation's critical infrastructure, says Brian Harrell, the former director of critical infrastructure protection at the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

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In this video interview about the challenges of security critical infrastructure in the private sector at Information Security Media Group's recent Washington Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit, Harrell also discusses:

  • The primary cybersecurity areas where critical infrastructure owners and operators are struggling the most;
  • Why certain sectors are at greatest risk, because of outdated policies and limited regulatory oversight; and
  • Howd threat intelligence sharing across critical infrastructure sectors is helping to improve cybersecurity.

Harrell is a director of the energy practice at Navigant, where he focuses on risk mitigation, protective measures and compliance guidance. Previously, he was the director of the NERC Electricity Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center, where he led efforts to provide timely threat and risk information to over 1,900 bulk power system owners/operators and government stakeholders.

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Tracy Kitten

Tracy Kitten

Former Director of Global Events Content and Executive Editor, BankInfoSecurity & CUInfoSecurity

Kitten was director of global events content and an executive editor at ISMG. A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she covered the financial sector for over 1 years. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2010, she covered the financial self-service industry as the senior editor of ATMmarketplace, part of Networld Media. Kitten has been a regular speaker at domestic and international conferences, and was the keynote at ATMIA's U.S. and Canadian conferences in 2009. She has been quoted by, ABC News, and MSN Money.

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