Cybersecurity Road Trip

During the last two weeks, I had the privilege to speak on cybersecurity at two industry conferences, the ARC World Industry Forum and the SANS 11th Annual ICS Security Summit. While these represent two different audiences, the sessions and conversations were strikingly similar and I think reflective of how industry is viewing ICS cybersecurity. Here are some of the consistent themes:You must know what you have. Users and... Read more

Aliens and Cybersecurity?

In 1964, Nickolai Kardashev proposed a classification system – the Kardashev Scale – for identifying how advanced a civilization is based on its ability to harness and use power. In this system, a Type I civilization has the ability to harness the sun’s energy that reaches Earth, a Type II has the ability to harness the entire power of the sun, and a Type III can harness the power of the galaxy. Other... Read more

Barbie Versus the Dam Hack

I was shopping on Amazon recently looking for a gift for my daughter. The choices are endless, and it seems everything has an electronic or connected element to it now. While researching dolls, I came across a news item that Barbie can now carry on a conversation with your child. The toy utilizes cloud-based speech recognition technology primarily to accomplish this feat.  All conversations are stored so that... Read more

Is Your House in Order?

A few weeks ago, an inspector visited my home as part of a refinance process. My family is good about home maintenance activities, but he did remind us to caulk and patch the exterior of our house each year. This preventative maintenance best practice protects our most valuable asset from the elements. This visit reminds me of another visit – one I recently made to a large power company. We talked at length about... Read more

The Risk of Not Knowing

“The big problems are where people don’t realize they have one in the first place.”  – Edward Deming Deming’s observation seems obvious enough. When you apply this to ICS cybersecurity, what are the “big problems” that companies don’t realize? In the power, petrochemical, and oil & gas industries, the stakes are high. These big problems – especially ... Read more

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