Defending Critical Infrastructure from Cyberattacks Demands Multi-Disciplinary Expertise and a Radically New Approach

An important new collaboration has been announced this week between leading cybersecurity provider Virsec, and global professional services company GHD.

“The convergence of IT and critical infrastructure systems has resulted in an exponential growth of vulnerabilities.  Attacks on critical infrastructure have increased seven-fold in the last two years and security vendors and law enforcement are struggling to keep up,” said GHD Global Digital Lead Kumar Parakala.

Atiq Raza, CEO of Virsec, believes those companies responsible for delivering critical infrastructure need to rethink how they approach security because hackers are using increasingly sophisticated methods.

“Our philosophy is simple – rather than externally chasing elusive threats, we need to get the guess-work out of cybersecurity and stop attacks at the application, in real-time. Virsec is delivering effective solutions today which are being endorsed by the companies charged with building security into systems, such as GHD,” said Raza.

While GHD has traditionally delivered engineering, architecture and environmental services, according to Parakala, it is increasingly being called on to help digitally protect the physical infrastructure assets they design as well.

“Our cybersecurity service builds on GHD’s experience in design, operations and maintenance of infrastructure to manage these risks for our clients,” said Parakala.

Parakala went on to say that GHD Digital had chosen to partner with Virsec as “Virsec solutions provide a new way of protecting processes and memory in real-time.  The solution maps acceptable application execution, and instantly detects deviations caused by attacks. This process effectively detects and blocks application attacks within milliseconds, taking the guess-work out of cybersecurity.”