ICS Cybersecurity Cognitive Dissonance

ICS Cybersecurity's Cognitive Dissonance

In the recently released survey from SANS, Securing Industrial Control Systems—2017, there were two results that stood out more than most. The first came from a question assessing which control systems had the greatest impact if compromised and exploited; the second related to which systems had the strongest data collection and analysis. In the case of impact, survey respondents ranked computer assets with... Read more

Perspectives from S4 in Miami

I attended the S4 ICS Security conference in Miami last week and really enjoyed the different perspectives and priorities people have for securing control systems. Many vendors and end users were in attendance, and it was a great forum to exchange ideas. Hats off to Digital Bond for creating an event that provides such a collaborative environment.  Below are some of the key messages I took from the... Read more

Innovation Convergence: The Future is Now

I love hearing from tech leaders who live and work on the bleeding edge. Topics that the rest of us consider futuristic are addressed by tech pioneers in the context of here and now – just as necessary and commonplace as prioritizing your to-do list or choosing a restaurant for tonight’s dinner. At a technology law conference in Austin last week, leaders from companies like Tesla, Rackspace, and... Read more

Why Would You Use an IT Solution to Solve an OT Problem?

While automation technology has been around for decades, protecting control system assets from a set of very modern day threats is relatively new. In the face of growing risk, companies are challenged by continuously evolving best practices and standards. With this new territory, comes confusion (multiple standards, changing regulatory laws, hyped news stories) and often frustration (deciphering vendor claims and... Read more

Fair Warning

Headlines in the news media claim that ISIS is attempting to gain access to cyber assets that comprise the nation’s energy infrastructure. The article points out that, for now at least, there is desire, but little capability. The disparate, proprietary systems that run our nation’s power plants, refineries, and petrochemical industries take a high degree of sophistication to manipulate successfully. This... Read more

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