The energy industry faces significant and unique cybersecurity challenges due mainly to the global supply chain and associated geopolitical risks. Among the key contributing factors are industry pressures such as increased distributed and renewable generation, increased reliance upon energy services from end-users, significant market pressures on product prices and production costs, and rising geopolitical tensions.
These industry challenges are further compounded by technological changes such as the strengthening trend of digitization of operational technology (OT) systems, increasing connectivity (loss of the air gap), and interdependencies with other critical infrastructure and transportation. The resulting interaction with significant cybersecurity risks greatly magnifies the potential for business disruption to organizations in the energy industry.
The growing reliance upon and complexity of digital OT systems across the energy sector results in a greater susceptibility to widespread disruptions. To ensure we stay ahead of these trends, GRIMM has long been researching the cyber-induced grid-level effects of other cybersecurity vectors that could produce large-scale shut-ins to production and shutdowns in distribution.
GRIMM's application of original research into cybersecurity threats facing embedded systems and other core operational technologies coupled with our team's experience conducting numerous private cyber assessments across the entire energy supply chain has helped our global energy clients identify and manage risks to their products, customers, and society. As a result, GRIMM helps our clients discover latent risk factors in their systems and build safe and resilient operations.