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Publication date: November 29, 2022

Securing the world’s energy systems: Where physical and cyber security must meet

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Energy has become the new battleground for both physical and cyber security warfare, driven by nation state actors, increasing financial rewards for ransomware gangs and decentralised devices. Chris Price reports.

The physical threat to the world’s Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) has never been greater . At least 50m of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 underground pipelines that once transported Russian gas to Germany were destroyed in an attack in late September , though it remains unclear who is to blame. Meanwhile the son of Vladimir Yakunin, a close ally of Russian President Putin, was arrested in Hammerfest, Norway – home to Europe’s northernmost liquid natural gas processing plant – for flying drones which may have been used to examine the Scandinavian country’s CNI at close quarters.

More recently, Russia has also shifted its war in Ukraine to targeting energy infrastructure with its own missiles and Iran-supplied Shahed-136 drones. According […]

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