Colonial Pipeline attack reminds us of our critical infrastructure’s vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity expert discusses the many ways attackers could have gotten access to the Colonial Pipeline company and reminds us why the threat always looms.

TechRepublic’s Karen Roby spoke with Vyas Sekar, a professor in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, about the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack by the hacker group Darkside. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Karen Roby: We’re learning more about the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack. There are a lot of layers to this, and we’re bringing in Vyas Sekar. He’s a professor in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. I just want to just say right off the top that Vyas is in no way affiliated with Colonial Pipeline and with this particular situation. But he is, of course, an expert in cybersecurity. I want to try to break some of this down just a little bit. Vyas, this

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Cybersecurity technology is not getting better: How can it be fixed?

A recent survey found an unusual reason cybersecurity is failing. Experts share what it is and how to correct it.

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Tech media has diligently reported all the various reasons cybersecurity is failing. However, a recent Garrison Technology-backed survey of business and cybersecurity leaders indicates there’s at least one reason that’s not getting much press. 

The survey’s report Cybersecurity Technology Efficacy: Is cybersecurity the new market for lemons? said even with more than a 50% increase in spending over the past five years, cybersecurity is not having much success. “A major cause of this failure is that the technology is not as effective as it needs to be, and this is the view shared by 90% of the survey participants in this study,” the report said. “While there has been a strong focus on improving people- and process-related issues in recent years, technology problems have in some

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