Electrical power supply is a central part of mission-critical infrastructures. Outages or disturbances of these infrastructures have severe consequences and immediate effects on the other sectors and therefore on the state, economy and society. That is why they have to be secured safely and reliably so that outages can be prevented before they even occur. The new IT Safety Act has established a legal basis for the IT security of mission-critical infrastructure. Municipal utilities all over the European Union are now facing the challenge of fulfilling these compliance regulations. (more…)
Especially in critical areas such as the healthcare sector, there are many regulatory requirements for the security of IT infrastructures and data protection in effect. Particularly patient data needs to be reliably secured at all times. Unauthorized access to critical areas can quickly lead to high and sometimes irrevocable damage. That is why appropriate safety measures are important which will, at best, prevent any disturbance before it even happens and alarm the responsible persons in case of an emergency. A smart access control system such as the Kentix DoorLock® offers protection against burglary, sabotage and non authorized access to laboratories, practices, medicine cabinets, IT rooms and other critical areas – all with just one system. (more…)
About half of all IT blackouts are caused by physical threats such as over temperature, fire, humidity or leakage. Compared to outages that are caused by software errors, the downtime of servers after a physical threat has struck is usually longer and the costs of repairing damage are higher. Yet most IT infrastructure is not sufficiently protected against physical threats.
Mission-critical infrastructures such as power plants, public transport, banks or hospitals are subject to very strict safety precaution. Outages or failures could lead to severe consequences and impair national security. Now, the EU committee has passed a new law that is to provide higher IT security for relevant companies. Supply shortages are thus to be avoided and putting national security at risk ought to be prevented pre-emptively. (more…)