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Catastrophic cyber attack on U.S. grid possible, but not likely

U.S. critical infrastructure systems still need major security improvements. But experts say that predictions of catastrophe from portions of the electric grid being taken down for months or more by a cyber attack, are overblown.

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Defining the threat in the energy sector

What are the categories of adversary faced by the energy sector in 2016? By analyzing their motivation and procedures we gain a better understanding of who might be a target and why.

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At the intersection of energy risk management and facility security

Security professionals in the utility sector must understand the distinct difference between risks, threats, and vulnerabilities and how they all provide useful data points for an effective risk management program. The outputs of this...

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Protecting vital electricity infrastructure

Attacks on critical infrastructure, specifically electric generation and transmission facilities, could be used to cause widespread panic and create economic distress.There is increased awareness of potential risks to the electric...

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Public-private cyber threat intelligence sharing necessary in electricity industry

Cybersecurity professionals are hungry for a strategic advantage to battle new denial of service attacks and unauthorized access to systems. The electricity industry has started to focus its efforts on combating the issue head-on...

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Assessing the U.S. power grid after Ukraine

Security in the U.S. power sector is taken very seriously. But of course security can always be tighter.

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Telephonic DoS a smokescreen for cyberattack on Ukrainian utility

The late December telephonic denial-of-service attack against a Ukrainian power company was a smokescreen to cover up a cyber attack, experts say.

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Ted Koppel’s new book tells a good story but lacks facts

In his new book Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath, Ted Koppel offers a lot of doomsday scenarios, but not enough facts to ensure that this is placed in the non-fiction section.

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Electromagnetic Pulse weapons could knock enterprises offline

No transformers robots, no nukes, just real EMPs from long-range missiles or targeteddDrone attacks.

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Ted Koppel: Apocalypse likely

Retired “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel, in his new book “Lights Out,” says he is simply documenting the veracity of warnings from top U.S. intelligence officials that the nation’s energy grid is vulnerable to a cyberattack that could...

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Ted Koppel discusses the inevitable cyberattack on U.S. infrastructure

Ted Koppel, author of "Lights Out" speaks to CSO about the risks of a catastrophic cyberattack on U.S. infrastructure, and how government has no apparent plan to deal with the results.

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Are vendors on the wrong path where smart plant security is concerned?

Cyber criminals can’t wait for enterprises to mainly apply access controls and encryption as their toughest solution for securing smart plants.

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Spending millions on APT defense? Don’t forget about Third Party Risk Management

Being a large company, you have a risk when hiring a third-party consultant - you condemn them to be hacked instead of you.

Bringing IT and OT together

In another life I spent just shy of nine years in the ICS space. I worked on the IT security side of the house and helped to shore up defenses. One of the troublesome aspects of this role was the disconnect between IT and OT, or...

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How to secure the Internet of Things and who should be liable for it?

How to secure connected devices before it will be too late?

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7 essential SQL Server security tips

How to protect your database from SQL injection, data theft, rogue users, and well-meaning meddlers without tying your environment in knots

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Kaspersky: ‘A very bad incident’ awaits critical infrastructure

Cyber attacks against power grids, water supply systems, chemical plants and other critical infrastructure loom as a threat that could become harsh reality before slow-moving agencies act to secure them better, says the head of...

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How ‘Power fingerprint’ could improve security for ICS/SCADA systems

Every digital device or system has a power fingerprint. A new company says monitoring that fingerprint in ICS/SCADA systems can detect intrusions or malfunctions in real time. But some experts say that while it will improve security,...

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