ransomware in Energy

Ransomware Attacks Zap the Energy Sector

In the spring of 2021, Colonial Pipeline Company announced that it had fallen victim to an extremely disruptive ransomware attack that shuttered operations and prevented the distribution of nearly half of the fuel needed for the entire eastern seaboard of the U.S. spanning from Texas to New York.

The attack was so serious that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an emergency declaration that exempted 17 states and the District of Columbia from restrictions related to the transportation of refined petroleum products by mean other than the pipeline.

Ransomware Poses a Critical Threat for Energy

The threat to the energy sector from disruptive ransomware attacks is escalating at an alarming pace:

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), a Colorado-based energy company, was forced to shut down 90% of its internal controls after being infected with data-wiping ransomware that destroyed 25 years of company data.

Brazilian-utility companies COPEL and Electrobras saw the exfiltration of more than 1k gigabyte of data in a ransomware attack that forced the companies to disconnect from the National Interconnected System.

Volue ASA, a Norwegian energy company, was the target of a ransomware attack where the threat actors were focused on the encryption of files and systems, but applications as well.

Legacy security tools were simply not designed to address the unique threat that ransomware presents, and this is why we keep seeing destructive ransomware attacks circumvent these traditional security solutions and impact the energy sector.

Surge in Ransomware Challenges Energy Production

Ransomware poses several challenges to state and local governments:

People and Processes

Energy production and distribution is a complicated system with multiple choke points that can cause widespread disruptions that make energy producers a primary target for ransomware operators.

Downtime and Recovery

From initial detection to full recovery, it takes on average 22 days (about 3 weeks) to restore operations following a successful ransomware attack. Energy providers cannot afford weeks of downtime and closures.

This is why Halcyon enlisted some of the top engineers, data scientists, and threat researchers in cyber security to develop the Halcyon Anti-Ransomware Platform.

Halcyon delivers a purpose-built ransomware prevention solution that provides multiple layers of prevention, detection and recovery through proprietary encryption key material capture that autonomously restores systems to operation in a matter of minutes versus weeks.


Ransomware operators understand that disruption to the energy sector impact multiple sectors and the wider economy, and they leverage this to put tremendous pressure on targets to pay huge ransom demands

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Empowering Energy with Resilience

The new model for building resilient energy organizations requires:

Defense Resilience

Existing EPP/EDR/XDR were not designed to stop ransomware attacks in progress. Halcyon AI/ML models are trained on millions of real-world ransomware attacks to fill the detection and prevention gap left by traditional security tools.


Stop Bypass & Evasion

Ransomware operators disable endpoint security tools with relative ease. Halcyon protects other security tools from being bypassed, unhooked, or blinded during a ransomware attack to increase ROI on all security investments.


Operational Resilience

Ransomware attacks are designed to be disruptive. The unique Halcyon encryption key material capture and anti-data exfiltration features prevent exposure of sensitive data and assure operational resilience against successful attacks.

Halcyon Offers the Most Powerful Ransomware Protection

Legacy security tools are failing to catch the telltale signs of ransomware attacks until it is too late, so we keep seeing destructive attacks circumvent these solutions.

Identify and transfer locker


Halcyon delivers AI/ML-powered next-generation behavioral modeling to detect ransomware precursors, pre-execution blocking of ransomware payloads, and unparalleled evasion protection.

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Deploy Halcyon Agent


Halcyon detects attacker actions to predict and prevent bulk data movement associated with data exfiltration to protect education providers from breaches that lead to costly liability and extortion demands.

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Initiate the Decryption


Only Halcyon delivers proprietary encryption key material capture and autonomous decryption to keep education organizations operational in the face of a successful ransomware attack.

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Halcyon Anti-Ransomware Platform

Halcyon is the only platform to leverage advanced AI/ML detection models specifically trained to defeat ransomware. The unique Halcyon Anti-Ransomware Platform is easy to deploy, does not conflict with existing endpoint security solutions, and provides multiple levels of detection, prevention and recovery against ransomware attacks.

Talk to a Halcyon expert today to find out more and check out our Recent Ransomware Attacks resource site to get near real-time tracking of ransomware attacks, threat actor groups and their victims.

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