In her opening remarks at a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee held in July 2021 to discuss cybersecurity threats, Ranking Member US Senator Shelley Moore Capito said the following concerning threats to the transportation sector specifically: “Our roads and bridges, vehicles and infrastructure are becoming more connected and smarter. It opens our transportation system up to vulnerabilities that didn’t exist in the past.” She also announced a new law and requirements aimed to protect transportation systems from cyber attacks.
The above committee meeting took place 3 months after an attack targeting the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which was reported only recently. The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), National Security Agency (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alerted to the attack after discovering a zero-day vulnerability.
According to a Check Point Software Technologies report, between June 2020 and June 2021 there was a 186% increase in weekly ransomware attacks against the transportation industry.
ACID has the ability to help critical infrastructures owners and operators protect their assets and maintain business continuity. By providing them with advance warning of planned attacks, and continuing to collect information throughout the attack planning process, ACID enables them to take appropriate action to foil the attack and reduce TTM (time to mitigate). In the specific case of critical infrastructures, this is particularly important not only to the owners and operators, but to the public at large, and to regional and national interests.