Have you ever imagined what would happen if hackers gained access to an electricity grid or a nucular power plant computer system? What if through their access they could connect with physical controls within these spaces? Experts are saying this is very possible.
After a seemingly sophisticated attack on the unfinished Iranian nuclear power program last year. A lot of people thought this is the work of a foreign agents or something a long those line. However, this was replicated recently by researches using simpler methods. “Yet for all its science fiction sophistication, key elements have now been replicated in laboratory settings by security experts with little time, money or specialized skill.” -Associated Press
That is why, there are ideas being tossed around suggesting the creation of a separate, more secure network for critical infrastructure systems.
What are the implications of such creation? and would something like that cripple technical innovation for integrating infrastructure to expanding technological systems? I am not sure but I think in the end it’s better to have a safe and sound infrastructure and think deeply about how should we move forward in a world plagued with cyber criminals.