Black Hat: Attack on US Infrastructure in 2 Years

Survey Says… Black Hat Attendees Predict Cyberattack on US Infrastructure Within Two Years

Critical U.S. infrastructure will be hit by a major cyberattack in the next two years, according to a survey of experts who attended the annual Black Hat security conference in the last two years.

Black Hat is in its 20th year, so if you haven’t heard of it, you aren’t really paying attention to security.

While it’s impossible to predict precisely how threat actors might strike U.S. infrastructure, 50 percent of those surveyed indicated that they were most concerned about social engineering and phishing schemes that dupe users into handing over access credentials.

It seems crazy in 2017 that phishing would still be a thing. (We didn’t learn the lesson: Trust No One!) Social Engineering* is still a thing, and in the face of good tech security…

The full survey from Black Hat is available as a PDF.

* Deviant Ollam on the subject of getting into a facility by wearing matching shirts. (The audio is a bit wonky, but the story is good.)