Information on the exact location of the network infrastructure will help to repair failures faster. Network passports will also enable an effective fight against cyber attacks

Cyber-attacks effectively disrupt the operation of ICT and energy companies. Those on a small scale can still be repaired relatively quickly. With a massive attack, which the biggest companies fear, it may not be possible to react so quickly. Network passporting, i.e. the network registry system, allows to easily check the location of infrastructure and precise data on the location of cables and systems. Such information can be an effective recipe for cyber-attacks.

  • Network passporting is an IT solution that serves to document telecommunication, electrical, power and heating networks. Where there is a rich field infrastructure, where important company resources are located in the field, often buried underground. The knowledge of where it is, what it is, what it is connected with, is crucial for the networks to function properly - emphasises Marek Gondzio, President of Globema in an interview with Newseria Innowacje.

According to the April Ponemon Institute report, 90% of critical infrastructure providers claim that their IT / OT environment has been damaged as a result of a cyber attack in the last two years. Physical attacks on the network are equally dangerous. Increasingly, companies are afraid of massive attacks - hackers' actions combined with physical destruction of vital infrastructure. This is all the more important because until a dozen or so years ago not all systems were connected to the network, and companies do not always know the exact location of a particular infrastructure. When time is of the essence, the lack of such knowledge may be crucial to the success of an attack.

  • If a failure occurs, in order to quickly find its source, it is necessary to have good network documentation - convinces Marek Gondzio. - If such a passporting system has a full topology and is properly built, then e.g. in a situation when there is an energy failure in one section of the network, the system immediately suggests to which other section of the network can be switched.

The network logging system gives full information about the operator's network resources. In one system you can find data about the field infrastructure, equipment or precise information about the location of cables and radio systems. Current data is the basis not only for streamlining business processes, but also for handling failures and network maintenance. The significance of this was demonstrated by the first attacks on infrastructure in the United States, where - so far on a small scale - hackers effectively concealed heat supply interruptions to several dozen households. Physical damage to the network was initially invisible to operators. The damage was quickly repaired thanks to, among other things, precise information about the location of the damaged infrastructure.

All industries will benefit from the passporting of the network, but in the case of some, e.g. telecommunications or energy, such a system of records is necessary.

  • The network and telecommunications industries will benefit from the passporting systems. These advantages lie in such processes as network documentation, maintenance, renovation processes, modernization processes, new investments and planning of new connections - says Globema's president.

According to the MarketsandMarkets report, the market for remote management of critical infrastructure will be worth over USD 41 billion by 2022. In the coming years it will develop at an average annual rate of nearly 12%.

/ Source Newseria

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