When ICS Cybersecurity Gets Personal: The Risk of the Disgruntled Employee

In recent news, we’ve learned that a former Georgia-Pacific IT specialist is now facing prison time and significant fines following the cyber attack he waged upon his ex-employer – an attack which occurred just days after he was fired by the company. He caused disruption at the Port Hudson paper mill targeting the distributed control system (DCS) and quality control system for the machinery used to... Read more

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

Innovation Required: ExxonMobil Drives Revolutionary Change in ICS Industry

ExxonMobil’s Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) is demonstrating timely leadership through its initiative to re-architect the process automation platform. On January 14, 2016, EMRE announced the award of a research-phase contract to Lockheed Martin (LM) to champion the design of an open and secure next-gen architecture emulating the open avionics environment embraced by defense and aerospace industries... 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

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