GHD Digital Launches Cyber Critical Infrastructure and Risk Center of Excellence
GHD Digital, a global digital transformation business, has unveiled its Cyber Critical Infrastructure and Risk Center of Excellence (CoE) to address the growing threat of cyber-attacks and protect organizations, critical systems, and sensitive information.
The Vulnerability of Network Connected Infrastructure
As organizations increasingly rely on network connected infrastructure to operate and manage their business operations, they also face a significant rise in vulnerability to cyber-attacks. The convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) in critical infrastructure further exposes them to cyber threats. Recent analysis by GHD reveals that around 90% of critical infrastructure firms, including those in the energy and electricity sectors, experienced cyber-attacks in 2022, with 50% unable to block the initial attack.
The Importance of Robust Cybersecurity Frameworks
Cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure can have far-reaching consequences, including safety, financial, reputational, environmental, and legal damages. To mitigate these risks, organizations must establish robust cybersecurity frameworks. GHD Digital's CoE demonstrates its commitment to helping clients build resilient and secure operations. By leveraging specialized skills, proven methodologies, and a network of partners, GHD Digital provides end-to-end cybersecurity services to protect assets and ensure community security.
Collaboration with Industry Experts
GHD Digital's CoE has already integrated Security by Design principles to assist multiple clients in the transport, energy, water, and government sectors in enhancing their cyber readiness and meeting regulatory requirements. As governments worldwide introduce legislation to promote cybersecurity practices for critical infrastructure, GHD Digital aims to help leaders understand their cyber risks and vulnerabilities and minimize threats through its 95-year history of critical infrastructure services.
About GHD Digital and GHD
GHD Digital is GHD's digital transformation business, dedicated to driving innovation and positive change in communities. With a team of over 600 professionals, including data scientists, design thinkers, and project managers, GHD Digital combines global and local expertise to solve complex challenges using advanced technology. GHD is a leading professional services company operating in water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation sectors, delivering advisory, engineering, and construction solutions to clients worldwide.
Implications of Cybersecurity Initiatives for New Businesses
The launch of GHD Digital's Cyber Critical Infrastructure and Risk Center of Excellence (CoE) underscores the escalating threat of cyber-attacks on network-connected infrastructure. For new businesses, this development serves as a stark reminder of the importance of robust cybersecurity frameworks.
Addressing Vulnerabilities in a Digital Age
As businesses increasingly rely on Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) for operations, they also become more vulnerable to cyber threats. GHD's analysis revealing that 90% of critical infrastructure firms experienced cyber-attacks in 2022, with half unable to block the initial attack, is a wake-up call for new businesses. It emphasizes the need to prioritize cybersecurity from the outset, to protect not just their operations, but also their reputation and financial stability.
Collaborating with Experts for Enhanced Security
GHD Digital's CoE demonstrates the value of collaborating with industry experts to enhance cyber readiness. By integrating Security by Design principles, GHD Digital helps clients meet regulatory requirements and minimize threats. This approach, combining specialized skills, proven methodologies, and a network of partners, offers a blueprint for new businesses aiming to build resilient and secure operations in an increasingly digital world.