Critical Infrastructure

Critical Infrastructure news, information, and how-to advice

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Above the lines: Addressing grid security in the press

The electricity industry continues to improve its security posture, yet we are drowning in a sea of negative press.

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It’s hunting season but who’s the prey?

There’s a trend in security operations to work to close the gap between discovering a breach after the damage has been inflicted, and delving deeper into the infrastructure to evaluate the “What/Where/When/How” in an effort to advance...

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Unencrypted pagers a security risk for hospitals, power plants

For most of us, pagers went out when cell phones came in, but some companies are still using them and when the messages sent without encryption, attackers can listen in and even interfere with the communications

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Defending the grid

The vulnerabilities that allow hackers to infiltrate protocol and DDoS attack

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Security convergence in a utility environment

It used to be that physical, operational and IT security were managed in isolation. However, criminals, activists and competitors don’t think that way and will use any vulnerability to gain access to your sensitive systems or...

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Lighting up a changing world

Everything from water and energy utilities to medical devices to food and drug production systems benefit from lightning fast operations that can be managed remotely or automatically. That provides exponential advances in speed, cost,...

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Meteors, disasters and the diesel generators

In August of 2003 it was just after 4 pm and I was leaving a vendor event where I was watching a professional tennis match. I was looking forward to the weekend ahead with a light Friday on the schedule. I could not have known how...

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ICS vulnerabilities are still rampant

Industrial control systems are part of the nation’s critical infrastructure. But according to a panel of security experts, they remain catastrophically vulnerable to cyber attacks.

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Cyber incident response: Who does what?

“Who in the government will help me if we face a significant cyber incident?”

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How to make mergers and acquistions work

When tech companies "Merge and Purge" their IP, organizations on both sides of the trades can get nervous. Here's one recent deal that could actually mean a better set of solutions for everybody concerned.

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Combating insider threats faced by utilities

Today, grid operators face daily external threats from cyber hackers and criminals vandalizing or destroying company assets. While protections are in place to help prevent these external threats, utilities must realize that insiders...

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A tale of two PCI attestation documents

Is your PCI service provider willing to easily share their AoC? That’s a good sign.

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The modern look of a utility's chief security officer

Security has received more attention in the last several years and organizations have realized that they lack a designated individual with the appropriate authority to carry out the security responsibilities of an organization. Enter...

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Black Hat basics: Ruminations on 19 years of Black Hat Briefings

As this is my first venture into the world of blogs for CSO, the timing coincides with one of my favorite summer activities—traveling each August to the American desert, to roast in the Nevada sun, and attend the Black Hat Briefings....

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Spies planted malware on critical infrastructure, Russian security service says

Russian military networks and other critical infrastructure have been hit by tailor-made malware, according to government officials.

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It's all about critical processes

Critical processes run the business and should be the targets of risk assessments, pen tests, and vulnerability management procedures.

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Digital security officer recruitment challenges and victories on the cyber battlefield

Veteran cybersecurity recruiter and leadership adviser S. A. Spagnuolo, of global executive search firm ZRG Partners, offers greetings to the reading audience, provides a quick primer on his background and sets his agenda going...

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Stealthy cyberespionage malware targets energy companies

Security researchers have discovered a new malware threat that goes to great lengths to remain undetected while targeting energy companies.

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