Posted 18 June 2020 in Blog, Security, Space.

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As the name implies, critical national infrastructure (CNI) needs protection and that includes digital elements of CNI. Security operations centres (SOCs) act as vital defence systems for these digital elements, whether implemented as standalone SOCs for a single enterprise or provided as a managed service by a third party. But what counts as CNI, especially during exceptional periods, such as the current pandemic, how are they vulnerable to cyberattacks and why is it important to protect them?

Most nations group CNI into sectors, such as chemicals, civil nuclear, communications, defence, emergency services, energy, finance, food, government, health, space, transport and water. Many of these sectors then have subsectors – for example transport includes roads, rail, air and maritime – and are a combination of large and small organizations in both the public and private sectors.

Any disruption, degradation or loss of CNI will impact some aspect of a nation’s ability to function normally. This could be the loss of utilities, our ability to communicate or respond to nationally significant incidents, or an erosion of business activity. By definition, this will affect the nation, directly or indirectly, and that is why CNI needs to be completely secure at all times – including from cyberattacks.

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