Why cybersecurity for energy and utilities is essential
The energy sector provides crucial resources across the world. Electricity, heat, air, water—without them, your customers can’t go about daily life. And more and more, energy and utilities are massive targets for threat actors. Nation-state attackers and hacktivists both see the energy sector’s increasing attack surface as an opportunity, yet this industry wasn’t built with digital transformation in mind.
Cybersecurity for utilities and energy has never been more important, especially with increasing organizational and geographic complexity, decarbonization and greater cyber-physical interdependencies. That’s where machine identity management comes into play, helping to protect and verify all the connected devices, sensors, turbines, and pipelines that your business relies on.
The average cost of a breach on the energy sector was $4.72 million in 2022.
Challenges in energy cybersecurity
Lack of visibility into IT, OT and ICS systems
Many energy companies rely on legacy systems that weren’t designed with security or encryption in mind. They run on outdated software and hardware, making it difficult to establish total observability of all machine identity activity.
Struggle to maintain compliance
Energy and utility companies have a lot of compliance hoops to jump through, including FERC, NERC, state and federal regulations. Without holistic cybersecurity for energy and utilities, you can’t keep up with these important, ever-increasing demands.
Potential disruptions of service
Your business faces ransomware, malware, unsecured smart meters and EVs, supply-chain attacks and insider threats that can cause service stoppages, blackouts, or even physical destruction of plant and equipment operations.
Energy cybersecurity solutions from Venafi
The Venafi Control Plane helps keep the lights on with secure-by-design machine identity management for digital keys and certificates across the world’s leading energy and utility organizations.
Machine identity complexity is causing massive problems.
The perimeter is dead, and the rapid expansion of cloud native infrastructure has caused an explosion of new machine identities—and staggering levels of difficulty in managing them. Read this 1-page brief to learn how a control plane standardizes your approach to machine identity management.
Visibility across decentralized networks and plant locations
Leave no stone unturned. Uncover 25-30% more certificates during your discovery phase with Venafi.
Using complete discovery capabilities, you can build a centralized inventory of all machine identities (TLS, SSH, code signing, Kubernetes, etc.) across your business, avoid expirations and outages and spot vulnerabilities.
Establish clear policies
Automate 65-85% of your certificate lifecycle management.
Leverage automation to define and enforce company-wide machine identity policy, regardless of machine type, location or use case.
Secure your systems from third-party attacks
Ensure your IoT devices, sensors and services remain protected and operational—even across the largest, most decentralized infrastructure—with a secure code signing process.
Work the way you want—and support modernization initiatives!
Easily orchestrate machine identity activity with tools your organization is already using with ready-to-use integrations from our extensive technology partner Ecosystem.