Cold Storage Cyber Custodial Care

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As America prepares for distribution of coronavirus vaccines, the security and integrity of facilities that will receive, house, and distribute COVID-19 vaccines has come into focus. Physical or cyber disruptions to the ability of the nation to maintain supplies of COVID-19 vaccines at sufficiently cold temperatures could interfere with the nation’s ability to protect its citizens from illness and further delay full economic recovery.

Cyber threat actors have shown an interest in targeting IT assets that support the vaccine cold chain and cold storage facilities (see CISA’s recent alert on cyber adversaries targeting cold chain facilities.) CISA recommends that Owners/Operators of Cold Storage facilities prepare for attacks targeting the cold chain, remain vigilant to alerts and activity in this space, have contingency plans in place, and know who to contact for help.