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2022 Predictions: Power Grids at Risk?

January 14, 2022 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The DRI International Future Vision Committee has released its 7th Annual Predictions Report, looking ahead to 2022 and its impact on the resilience community. Download the complete report free from the DRI Library, and read on for a prediction the multiple risks facing power grids and pipelines.

Prediction 5: Electric grids and oil/gas pipelines will be attacked by hostile states

There will be increasing state and criminal cyber-attacks. Russia, in particular, will make even greater use of non-state criminal groups to harass those it regards as hostile. They will use sophisticated cyber-attacks that may cause major disruption. This will help them camouflage Russian state (GRU and SVR) involvement in response to the inevitable concerns expressed by the U.S. and its allies.

Chinese state cyber-activity will remain at a high-level, focused primarily on collecting intelligence to fulfil requirements from state and provincial government, as well as state enterprises.

Iran, North Korea, and Syria, in particular, will remain significant cyber threats to Western countries.

Electric grids and oil/gas pipelines form the soft underbelly of all critical national infrastructures, and we can only expect to see more attacks next year.

Join us for DRI2022 in Las Vegas Feb. 13-16, 2022, where Future Vision Committee Chair Lyndon Bird will lead an interactive session where participants will have the opportunity to vote on a number of the key issues which have emerged from the reports. Bird will respond to voting as it happens, providing instant feedback and opinion. Please come to this session ready to participate, debate, and even argue if you wish. Challenging and controversial opinions are welcome.

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