Ransomware Stirs More Cybersecurity

Another ransomware attack is making the headlines and threatening industries worldwide. But while it has not affected utilities, electric cooperatives are ready to stare down the Petya threat.

NRECA recommends co-ops review their cybersecurity plans and offers resources to help in the wake of another global ransomware attack. (Photo By: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

NRECA recommends co-ops review their cybersecurity plans and offers resources to help in the wake of another global ransomware attack. (Photo By: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Petya began infecting the networks of electric, banking, and the retail sectors in Europe, Russia and the Ukraine on June 27.

The ransomware locks up computers and their data and demands a ransom of $300 in bitcoin to regain access, similar to the WannaCry ransomware attacks in May.

The North American Electric Reliability Corp. said June 28 that it "has not received any indication of impacts to the grid in North America." 

Still, NRECA is urging co-ops to review their cybersecurity plans and look to ransomware documents from NRECA and the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council. NRECA's Business & Technology Strategies staff first developed ransomware resources available to electric co-ops.

Those documents can help identify vulnerabilities, detect ransomware in network, protect critical systems and data, and recover from such a cyberattack.

"The NRECA and ESCC resources provide a solid backbone to boost your cybersecurity against a ransomware attack and to facilitate recovery if you are hit," said Barry Lawson, NRECA senior regulatory affairs director.

Also, NERC said its Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center continues to monitor the effects of the global ransomware cyberattack and has posted information on its website portal available to those entities that are members of the center.

NRECA encourages all co-ops to join the center. It carries no fee and provides critical information on cybersecurity and future cyber threats.



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