The US has been hit by a number of cyberspace “stomach-churners” in the last six months. The SolarWinds/Orion incident highlighted the vulnerability of the software supply chain, while the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack highlighted the threat of disruption of the technology process through IT.
Although the incoming Biden administration had intended to make cybersecurity a priority, the events have required – and continue to require – action far beyond what was planned.
The question may be asked: why should we follow events in the US closely? Well, the US is still the dominant world power, so in an infinitely globalised world, what happens there will sooner or later spill over into the world.
And how might this affect Hungary?
At the time of the first oil crisis in 1973, the world was far from being so globalised. The leaders of the time believed that the soaring oil prices would not ‘trickle down’ to our country. They were wrong.
In today’s truly globalised world, there is a good chance that world events will ‘trickle down’ to our country even more quickly and even more strongly.
It is therefore not useless to monitor them and to consider them in a continuous and complex way.
In the next who knows how many posts – since we cannot see into the future – we will be looking at these measures, perhaps forgivably, primarily from an ICS (Industrial Control System) perspective. And, of course, raising possible domestic implications.
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Translated by DeepL.
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