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2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference Agenda Update

August 15, 2014 Added by:Mike Lennon

The 14th ICS Cyber Security Conference will have 5 major themes: Actual ICS cyber incidents; ICS cyber security standards; ICS cyber security solutions; ICS cyber security demonstrations; and ICS policy issues.

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DHS Mistakenly Releases 840-pages of Critical Infrastructure Documents

July 09, 2014 Added by:Mike Lennon

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released hundreds of documents, some of which contain sensitive information and potentially vulnerable critical infrastructure points across the United States, in response to a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about a cyber-security attack.

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2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference – Mark Your Calendar

June 02, 2014 Added by:Joe Weiss

It's official! The 2014 (the 14th) ICS Cyber Security Conference will be held October 20 – 23, 2014 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta.

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SCADA and ICS Cyber Security - Facing the Facts

May 05, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

In the past, the main reason for securing a SCADA/ICS network was to protect against inadvertent network incidents or attacks from insiders. The risk of an external malicious cyber-attack was considered minimal.

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Securing SCADA Systems - Why Choose Compensating Controls?

April 12, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

This week, Eric looks at the pros and cons of using compensating controls as an alternative to patching, and discuss the requirements for success.

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The Threat to Industrial Control Systems from Physical Persistent Design Features (PPDF)

April 01, 2013 Added by:Joe Weiss

Industrial control systems (ICSs) were designed for reliability and safety and to enable system operability and functionality. Many ICSs were originally designed before networking was commonplace. Consequently, cyber security was not a design consideration.

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SCADA and ICS Security Patching: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

March 26, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

Let's examine the good, the bad and the ugly details of patching as a means to secure SCADA and ICS systems. And to begin, let’s suppose patches could be installed without shutting down the process...

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SCADA and ICS Security: Welcome to the Patching Treadmill

March 15, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

After Stuxnet, security researchers and hackers on the prowl for new targets to exploit shifted their efforts to critical industrial infrastructure. Unfortunately, the SCADA and Industrial Control Systems applications they are now focusing on are sitting ducks.

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SANS SCADA and Process Control Security Survey - The State of the Industry is Discouraging

March 04, 2013 Added by:Joe Weiss

SANS has published their SANS SCADA and Process Control Security Survey. The results paint a very confusing picture and actually demonstrate the existing approaches to awareness and security are not working.

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Time to Speak Up on New IF-MAP Specs for ICS and SCADA Security

February 12, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

Something I believe industry urgently needs is better standards for information exchange between security solutions. Unfortunately while TCG has had feedback from the IT community, they have received little from the SCADA or ICS community. I encourage everyone involved with SCADA and ICS security to review the specification.

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Common Sense Cybersecurity

January 13, 2013 Added by:Larry Karisny

We start with one big problem. Internet architecture was never made for security. One of my earliest articles quoted the father of the Internet Vint Cerf by saying, "One of things incumbent on all of us is to introduce strong authentication into the fabric of the smart grid. We did not do that with the Internet."

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Perfect Citizen, US vulnerability assessment program on critical infrastructures

January 02, 2013 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

CNET web site has published a news on a secret National Security Agency program named Perfect Citizen that is targeting on large-scale the control systems inside utilities, including power grid and gas pipeline controllers, with the purpose to discover security vulnerabilities.

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Hackers at the Controls

December 16, 2012 Added by:Jayson Wylie

An FBI report details what could be the hacking elite sect of Anonymous, Antisec, using a backdoor to compromise an air-conditioning control system in New Jersey. This leaves me to the question of how vulnerable the government and private sectors are for these types of compromise...

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Modernizing Physical Security and Incorporating Best Practices Into New Assets

November 18, 2012 Added by:Michele Westergaard

Cyber security threats to the utility industry are increasing in number and sophistication. The North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) is increasing the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) regulatory requirements to ensure facilities are meeting basic standards in this area...

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Industrial Control System Security: A Reliability Issue?

November 06, 2012 Added by:Larry Karisny

Cyber Security Expert Joe Weiss has spearheaded the ICS Cyber Security Conference for 12 years and when he calls in the troops, the best come to serve. Last month’s conference held at Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center -- VMASC in Suffolk, Va. -- was no different...

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Securing Smart Grid, SCADA, and Other Industrial Control Systems

October 11, 2012 Added by:Ben Rothke

The Stuxnet computer worm of mid-2010 was a huge wake-up call for the energy industry. It also catapulted SCADA from an obscure term to the forefront of industrial security. But nearly two years later, it is unclear if the energy sector is adequately prepared for sophisticated information security threats...

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