WannaCry: A Serious Threat and Patching Challenge for Critical Infrastructure

It happened. The ransomware known as WannaCry was confirmed this week as having made it into industrial process facilities. This should put all companies who rely upon industrial control systems (ICS) – particularly companies classified as critical infrastructure – on high alert. Why? Because the choices available to protect the systems within an industrial facility’s network are much more... Read more

Avoid the ICS Cybersecurity Blind Spot

The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) is as interesting for the unexamined risks as it is for the examined ones. If you look at the cyber assets on which the report gathered security data (page 10), there is not a single industrial control system (ICS) category listed. Why is this important? Because ICS are the systems that have direct responsibility for running volatile chemical and oil... Read more

A CEO’s Perspective on PAS’ Large Capital Raise

I’m delighted to announce that PAS has raised $40 million in capital to fuel our business, primarily in industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity. After 23 years of internally funding the company, we’re ready to extend our market reach by expanding sales, marketing, and consulting teams. We’re also set to increase considerably our investment in research and development.   One of the first... Read more

Why ICS Matters

ICS matters.The ICS really matters.In fact, the ICS (Industrial Control System) matters more than any other system in industrial operations because when a plant control system operates at anything less than peak performance, safety, security, and profitability are at risk. The control system is the heart of the plant and, like the one that beats inside our chest, we must work to maintain its health.The ICS is also the brain... Read more

The Aging Workforce: More Prevalent Than You Think

Regarding the “Aging Workforce” issue, some companies are choosing to ignore this issue altogether. That’s one approach, but maybe not the best one… The issue of Aging Workforce can be broken down into two components:(i) Resource Availability, and (ii) Knowledge Management.Resource Availability basically has to do with the net imbalance between retirees and graduates. Aside from some... Read more