When a Cybersecurity Stranger Calls

Ever since I was a kid, certain movies have stuck with me, surfacing unexpectedly. Some because they are irreverently funny; I still quote Caddyshack when on a golf course. Others because they explore some element of humanity; think The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now. And others simply scare the ever loving you-know-what out of me; The Exorcist was definitely one of those. The movie ... Read more

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Captain Has Turned on the No Hacking Sign

Recently, a Colorado man named Chris Roberts was questioned by the FBI for allegedlyhacking the in-flight entertainment system of a United Airlines plane and issuing a command to one of the aircraft engines.  The command caused the plane to climb and tilt in one direction. Mr. Roberts claims to have hacked airplane systems for a number of years and was only caught this time because he tweeted about his attack on... 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

Customer Perspective: Southern Company Discusses CSI (and No, it’s not the TV show)

Last week at the ARC Forum, James Goosby of Southern Company presented a case study on how Southern is approaching NERC CIP compliance with their Control System Integrity, or “CSI,” initiative. Southern, like all power companies in the US and Canada, faces a looming deadline of April 2016 for NERC CIP Version 5 compliance. Their CSI initiative automates compliance for control systems by:Configuration management... Read more

Cybersecurity and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): Perspectives from the ARC Forum in Orlando

At the ARC Forum last week in Orlando, many of the sessions and hallway conversations were focused on Cybersecurity and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). True, the IIoT is not necessarily a new topic. Based on my conversations, the industry is excited about the business value we can expect from IIoT. But the truth is, while the technology to take advantage of IIoT is available now, most organizations are still... Read more

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