Blog Posts Tagged with "Utilities"

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FBI Increasingly Concerned About Smart Meter Hacks

April 10, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"The FBI warns that insiders and individuals with only a moderate level of computer knowledge are likely able to compromise meters with low-cost tools and software readily available on the Internet..."

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Meetings with DOD and Congress on SCADA Security

April 09, 2012 Added by:Joe Weiss

I was asked by DOD how to get an organization to address OT security. The only chance for OT security to succeed is if senior management drives it. There are only a few utilities whose senior management mandated they be secure not just compliant. What a sorry commentary...

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LIGHTS Webinar: Cybersecurity Across Critical Infrastructures

April 08, 2012 Added by:Chris Blask

LIGHTS is a private-private non-profit partnership which provides a collaborative space to promote cybersecurity situational awareness across critical infrastructures. The goal of LIGHTS is to increase visibility into threats by making security monitoring ubiquitous...

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Smart Grid Network Security Spending to Reach $14 Billion

March 12, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"Utilities have – as many predicted – realized that their grids are no longer isolated or protected from attackers. Smart grids need intelligence or they are not smart. Adding that intelligence to grids will increase their attack surface and utilities know this..."

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Shining LIGHTS on ICS Cybersecurity

March 11, 2012 Added by:Chris Blask

The LIGHTS program was created as a means of addressing security for the large number of small utilities operations. LIGHTS is a non-profit program run under Energysec that sets a consistent open-source-baseline approach to securing smaller critical industrial control facilities...

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Anonymous, NSA, Power Grids and False Flags

February 22, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

Anonymous has never officially made a statement about attacking the power infrastructure at all. Sure, there were some drops of IP addresses in the recent past that they claimed were SCADA systems, but were only for HVAC systems. So where is the NSA getting this?

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NSA Wary of Potential Hacktivist Threat to Power Grid

February 21, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"Grid officials said their systems face regular attacks, and they devote tremendous resources to repelling invaders, whether from Anonymous or some other source. The industry is engaged and stepping up widely to respond to emerging cyber threats..."

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Smart Grid Raises the Bar for Disaster Recovery

February 13, 2012 Added by:Brent Huston

Many of the organizations we have talked to simply have not begun the process of adjusting their risk assessments, disaster plans and the like for these types of operational requirements, even as smart grid devices begin to proliferate across the US and global infrastructures...

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Curran-Gardner: A Smoking Gun, But Where's the Body?

January 25, 2012 Added by:Bob Radvanovsky

Curran-Gardner: A contractor for a control systems outsourcing company had accessed one of his customer's systems from a foreign country, only to be confused with a foreign-national actor with malicious intent, but one question still remains: What really happened to the pump?

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Hacker to Release Symantec's PCAnywhere Source Code

January 16, 2012 Added by:Anthony M. Freed

YamaTough, spokesperson for the hacktivist group “The Lords of Dharmaraja”, informed Infosec Island of plans to release source code for Symantec's PCAnywhere. The release is to be made prior to the threatened exposure of the full source code for the Norton antivirus...

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Initiative to Protect the Electric Grid from Cyber Threats

January 09, 2012 Added by:Headlines

The project, a White House initiative led by the DOE in partnership with the DHS, will leverage private industry and public sector experts to build on existing cybersecurity strategies to create a more comprehensive and consistent approach to protecting the nation’s energy delivery system...

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ICS-SCADA Security Concerns Spur Increased Funding

December 12, 2011 Added by:Headlines

“Many SCADA systems were deployed without security in the belief that SCADA would always be isolated from the Internet. But it’s not, and even when it is, attacks such as Stuxnet can circumvent the isolation by using USB memory sticks to spread..."

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Utility Cyber Security is in a State of Near Chaos

November 16, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"Utility cyber security is in a state of near chaos. After years of vendors selling point solutions, utilities investing in compliance minimums rather than full security, and attackers having nearly free rein, the attackers clearly have the upper hand..."

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PUC Holds Hearing on Smart Grid Rules

November 12, 2011 Added by:David Navetta

The rules also require utilities to provide annual written notice to customers explaining security policies governing access to and disclosure of aggregated customer data to third parties. The new rules provide clarity on protecting customers from unauthorized disclosure..

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NIST Updates Smart Grid Framework Standards

November 08, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"Making such dramatic changes to the power grid requires an overarching vision of how to accomplish the task, and this updated Framework advances that vision. Utilities, manufacturers, equipment testers and regulators will find essential information... that was not previously available..."

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Oklahoma State House Passes Smart Grid Privacy Bill

March 31, 2011 Added by:David Navetta

The Act seeks to establish standards to govern the use and disclosure of utility data (including personal information) by electric utilities, and requires electric utility companies to maintain the confidentiality of customer data and allow customers to access the data...

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