ICS Cybersecurity: Mission Impossible?

I was lucky to read the Lessons Learned: Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attacks ahead of its release. This is the third of a 4-part eBook series where OT security experts share their insights. One thing struck me: The reality and magnitude of ICS cyber threats is forcing changes in the way we learn our industry lessons. Cyber threats no longer revolve around intellectual property only - we now have human life... Read more

Reducing Risk in a Converging IT/OT World

Industrie 4.0 and the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) require increased access to the Operational Technology (OT) that propels production. Twenty to thirty years ago, assets were proprietary, different for every vendor, and offered limited connectivity to third party systems. Over time, owner-operators demanded more openness and access to these proprietary systems. As a result, vendors are using more... Read more

cybersecurity, CISO, OT, ICS

Protecting OT from Cyber Threats: A CISO Perspective

Traditional industrial control systems (ICS) tend to be “insecure by legacy / design” which presents great challenges to secure. To add insult to injury, it is also proprietary, highly bespoke, and often managed by third-party vendors. As practitioners of cybersecurity, “one of everything” resonates. IT focuses on CIA (confidentiality, integrity, and availability) which is counterintuitive in ICS... Read more

OT Cybersecurity Experts Share Best Practices in 4-Part eBook and Webinar Series

Digitalization and Industrie 4.0 initiatives require tight integration between the complex, heterogeneous, and highly complex Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and the enterprise IT. However, the very components that enable digitalization—sensors, connectivity and smart applications—also increase risk. Digitalization enhances efficiency, improves safety, and optimizes production, but it also creates more... Read more

Codifying the Process: Outsiders Gain Insider Advantage

I was at Black Hat 2017 last week and was impressed with the Industroyer /Crashoverride: Zero Things Cool About a Threat Targeting the Power Grid  presentation by ESET and Dragos Security. The teams outlined well how the attack was executed. One of the big takeaways was that attackers did not exploit a vulnerability or zero day to bring down Ukrainian power. Robert Lee from Dragos Security put it well when he said that... Read more

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