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How to Future-Proof the Critical National Infrastructure

Design Cyberattack Resilience Into Technology, Says Professor Prashant Pillai
Prashant Pillai, professor of cybersecurity, University of Wolverhampton

Outages affecting critical national infrastructure sectors, including power, water, telecommunications, banking and healthcare, can have immediate and damaging impacts, says Prashant Pillai, a professor of cybersecurity at the University of Wolverhampton in England.

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But many of these industries rely on technologies that predate the internet, and they will continue to rely on technologies that need to keep working - with as little downtime as possible - for decades, he says. So the challenge is putting in place new technology today that is not only secure, but which can also be resilient to cyberattacks for 10 to 20 years or more.

In a video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent Security Summit: London, Pillai discusses:

  • What all the critical national infrastructure encompasses;
  • The challenges of securing critical national infrastructure;
  • The hope offered by resilient networks and systems with built-in resilience.

Pillai is a professor of cybersecurity at the University of Wolverhampton, where he directs the Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute. He has taught and researched a number of subjects in the electronic engineering and computer science arenas, including numerous cybersecurity and communication networks domains.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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