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The critical infrastructure cyber security market heats up


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The critical infrastructure market is shaping up to be the next big frontier for cyber security, with new analysis suggesting that close to a third of critical infrastructure organisations will experience an operations-halting security breach by 2025.

According to analyst firm Gartner, critical infrastructure security has become a primary concern for governments around the world, which includes segments of the market such as communications, transport, energy, water, healthcare and public facilities.

In some countries, critical infrastructure is state-owned, while in others, like the US, private industry owns and operates a much larger portion of it, Gartner noted, suggesting that the risks of such infrastructure have been overlooked for years.  

But things are changing, and fast.

“Governments in many countries are now realising their national critical infrastructure has been an undeclared battlefield for decades,” said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner. “They are now making moves to mandate more security controls for the systems that underpin these assets.”





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