For people in the U.S. energy sector, securing the infrastructure that provides much of the country’s juice has become of paramount importance. With the number and impact of security breaches increasing, many are asking the same question: What would happen if the U.S. energy sector were to get hit with a massive cyberattack?
The consensus amongst security experts is that such an attack could be catastrophic; it could lead to the loss of life, and cause severe damage to our critical infrastructure and economy.
Hackers are certainly attempting to attack the energy grid, too—and frequently. In 2014, they managed to break into at least 37 percent of energy companies. Experts believe that the infrastructures of major U.S. energy providers are riddled with dormant malware, which if activated could make it possible to launch a cyberattack and cause widespread outages.
What all this portends is that such an event could occur. Malware could be released at anytime, leading to a service outage.
But it’s just as likely that a major natural disaster, like a freak storm, could arise and damage the sensitive power grid too.
As a data center manager, you need to be prepared to protect your facility should a major outage occur. If your power supply were to unexpectedly shut off, your business’s data would depend entirely on its backup uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to kick in and keep your servers running.
If your UPS system is malfunctioning, however, your facility could easily be stranded until power is restored to your area. This means that all of your company’s electric systems, including its security architecture, could be shut down.
A power monitoring and distribution system is your best bet for ensuring that your UPS system is functioning at all times. Click here for more information about how Server Technology can help provide your data center with this critical technology.