Remote Access is a serious issue for North American Electric Utilities.  Companies allow remote access to employees and vendors.  Each of these connections is a cyber-risk because if the individual computer accessing a Utility is infected then the utility is exposed, or if a valid or vendor has had their credentials compromised then the attacker has a clear and unopposed opening, or if the employee or vendors wishes to cause harm.  Remote access requires a connection that originates outside a company protected network generally required for a cyber-attack conducted remotely.

‘Privileged’ access means the user, wherever they access your network, usually has administrative permission to view or alter important files or systems in your network.

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