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Growing Cyberattacks Threaten Critical Infrastructure, Assets

By Jesus Gonzalez - Apollo X
Managing Director

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By Jesus Gonzalez | General Director - Thu, 10/27/2022 - 13:00

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In collaboration with: Yaron Rosen, Chairman at  Illuminant Defense  yaron@illuminantdefense.com

 

The unfortunate reality of the digital landscape today is that we don’t need to look far to find serious security breaches that threaten daily life. Hackers are pushing boundaries, showing operational scalability, and increasing willingness to target critical assets and national infrastructure — the facilities, systems, information, networks, and processes essential for the functioning of a society and economy.

Incidents like the ransomware attacks against Colonial Pipeline in the US, the ransomware attack on the Mexican Oil and Gas giant – Pemex, the recent attack on Mexico’s military, and multiple other incidents from the past couple of months show how digital disruption can quickly have real-world consequences for critical assets, businesses, and millions of people. Cyberthreats are physical in their impact — and this is not going away. 

Oxford’s Business Group Report, The post-pandemic role of cybersecurity for companies in Mexico, shows how much has improved in the past few years, but also how vulnerable companies still are, how the threat is exponentially growing, and how much work still needs to be done, namely by business leaders themselves. In a landscape where the degree of industrial cybersecurity vulnerability in 2021 was between 70-90 percent, including oil and gas, transport, food, pharmaceutical, chemical, steel, water, utilities, and critical manufacturing, board directors, CEOs, CIOs, and CISOs must act.

We cannot deny the current reality: The question is not if a business or government agency will face an attack but rather when and if that business will have the cyber capacity and systems in place to defend itself. Keeping a country’s critical assets and national infrastructure secure and resilient in this age of new threats is paramount to economic growth and the safety of citizens. 

But as the use of digital tools has grown in the industry — beyond desktop computers to the broad IoT landscape with billions of connected devices and machines — so have cybersecurity management challenges. Of course, no single solution can instantly keep businesses or critical national infrastructure safe and address all of today’s cybersecurity threats. Still, this challenge must be tackled with the right people, processes, and technologies to maintain business continuity. The question is, how should management tackle this exponential threat? The global trend and our experience show that businesses need help – from a professional and capable Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) – and this is precisely why Apollocom and Illuminant have partnered to found ApolloX, their new cybersecurity muscle. 

At ApolloX, we’re working closely with our parent companies to bring enterprises and government agencies the solutions to assess cybersecurity risks and build the readiness and resilience they need to respond to ever-changing threats. There is a growing need in many areas – technology due diligence, integration, and implementation, services due diligence – for areas such as threat intelligence, Red Teaming, Incident Response, Governance, Risk Management and  Compliance Operations (GRC), reputation management, and many more. At ApolloX, we have made it our mission to help businesses scale cybersecurity resilience building – to provide digital peace of mind.

Critical national infrastructure protection requires ongoing engagement between operators, partners, complex supply chains, and regulators. And as we seek to improve public-private collaboration on cybersecurity issues, there must also be the automation of processes at scale to allow operational visibility, awareness, and operational capacity to respond when needed. That’s why we have designed ApolloX as a platform – with a fully integrated range of products and services and a Security Operations Center (SOC) that provides the needed outcome for all the primary aspects of cyber threats, risks, and controls.

We’re excited about ApolloX’s role in keeping Mexico’s assets and critical national infrastructure secure. Dealing effectively with the exponential cybersecurity threat landscape requires exponential capability building. That is why we have founded ApolloX and are committed to helping Mexico’s private sector and government agencies build the best integrated cyber defense. Together with Illuminant, we’re eager to share our experience and help businesses secure their digital landscape, maintain business continuity, and protect their brand.

Photo by:   Jesus González

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