Christopher Bronk, a senior fellow at the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, has authored a report on cybersecurity threats to the US’s energy industry and infrastructure. According to Bronk, the threats are rising and require increased preparedness by the U.S. Army and Department of Defense.

The paper, “Hacks on Gas: Energy, Cybersecurity and U.S. Defense,” is available in full here.

Chris Bronk is also a fellow in information technology policy at the Baker Institute and a former U.S. State Department diplomat who specializes in cybersecurity issues.

Produced for the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute, the paper considers potential cyberthreats relevant to the Army and Department of Defense’s energy needs and purview, including the electrical grid, oil and gas security and the military’s fuel supply chain, and proposes a range of policy and strategic recommendations the nation’s military should undertake to address these threats.

“We should be concerned with cybersecurity in energy because, as with other areas of the global economy, computing has been widely adopted in the energy industry,” Bronk said. “The Department of Defense is incredibly reliant on private sources of energy, and the level of preparedness for cyberattack among those sources likely varies greatly.”

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