GRIDSMART Technologies announced the formation of the GRIDSMART Information Security and Threat Intelligence Division (ISTI), a cybersecurity group aimed to help transportation-industry technology and infrastructure partners build proactive security programs for their organizations, including resilient recovery strategies and vulnerability/threat assessments to private companies, state and municipal Departments of Transportation, and others working to proactively defend and enhance the resiliency of their technical infrastructure from cyber-attack.
Bill Malkes, co-Founder and CEO of GRIDSMART, said the ISTI Division was born of necessity. “There is a clear and present danger of cyber-attacks and cyber espionage on our infrastructure daily. Mobility is a strategic area for the enemy to attack. True to core GRIDSMART values, we will be in front of this danger, providing those we serve with practical, simple and implementable solutions,” he said.
Under the leadership of cybersecurity veteran Antonio Rucci’s leadership, the Information Security and Threat Intelligence Division will work with organizations to uncover penetration points, secure systems, and design customized hack-resistant solutions to assure network integrity.
“Hackers are working tirelessly to discover weaknesses in our national infrastructure,” said Rucci. “In the cyber criminal’s mind, traffic management networks, connected and driverless vehicles, and the spectrum of transportation technologies offer the potential for maximum impact and profound harm. At ISTI, we’re committed to becoming a resource for our clients, helping them build incident response programs and teams; training them to build, exercise, and execute resilient disaster recovery strategies. Data breaches will happen. How you respond defines your company.”