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Group behind TRITON industrial sabotage malware made more victims

The attackers stayed undetected on the victim's network for more than a year and sought out operational technology networks.

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Congress steers clear of industrial control systems cybersecurity

Industry resistance to regulation, complexity of securing ICS systems are roadblocks to passage of critical infrastructure cybersecurity legislation.

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City of Raleigh implements ICS monitoring tool for water treatment plants

Securing operational technology systems is a different game than IT, but the City of Raleigh has deployed a CSO50 award-winning network monitoring solution that gives them greater visibility into its PLCs.

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New CISA director outlines top 5 priorities for protecting U.S. critical infrastructure

CISA’s Christopher Krebs has a two-year plan for his new cybersecurity agency, with China, supply chain and 5G as top priorities.

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The cybersecurity legislation agenda: 5 areas to watch

The 116th Congress is only a few months old, but far-reaching cybersecurity bills to protect infrastructure and the supply chain, ensure election integrity, and build a security workforce are now being considered. Here’s the list.

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Why America is not prepared for a Stuxnet-like cyber attack on the energy grid

The U.S. energy grid continues to be vulnerable to Aurora-like attacks that could cause blackouts lasting a year or more.

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Fear and loathing defending ICS security at DoE's CyberForce Competition

Defending critical infrastructure from determined attackers is not an easy task, CSO reporter J.M. Porup learned competing in the Department of Energy's CyberForce Competition 2018, a cyber security training initiative.

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What is physical security? How to keep your facilities and devices safe from on-site attackers

Securing premises and devices from physical attacks can be just as challenging as defending against cyber threats. Automation and AI are increasingly used to shore up defenses.

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Defense, security and the real enemies

The end of the Cold War meant that the countries that threatened American democracy and our way of life didn’t go away. They adapted to use technology to attack us instead. Now that the extent of these attacks is being made known, we...

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Why I don’t believe Bloomberg’s Chinese spy chip report

China can and has stolen the information it wants from US companies without using secretly embedded hardware, so why would it jeopardize its massive semiconductor industry?

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Our electric grid is vulnerable to cyberattacks. Here’s what we need to do

As more state-sponsored cyberterrorists and rogue actors take aim at bringing down the U.S. power grid, the government and private utility companies need to coordinate efforts to mitigate the chances of what could be a major...

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Botnet of smart air conditioners and water heaters could bring down the power grid

If "smart" appliances that connect to the internet were to be used in a botnet, it could cause large-scale blackouts of the power grid, researchers warn.

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Balancing cybersecurity and regulatory compliance

Leveraging artificial intelligence and other advancements is key to protecting critical infrastructure.

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Data is the oil of the 21st century

The cybersecurity lessons of the 2016 election and the changing nature of our critical infrastructure.

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Can cyber insurance cover acts of cyber terrorism?

Cyber insurance policies do not typically cover physical destruction or loss of life, but the UK government-backed reinsurer, Pool Re, announced this year it will cover acts of cyber officially deemed "terrorism" by Her Majesty's...

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One year later: security debt makes me WannaCry

WannaCry rocked the world one year ago, but there are still lessons for us to unpack about the debt we still have to pay to be secure.

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White House axes cyber czar role; DHS unveils new cybersecurity strategy

The White House eliminated the top cybersecurity coordinator position even as Homeland Security warned that "our cyber adversaries can now threaten the very fabric of our republic itself."

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SirenJack: Hackers can hijack emergency alert sirens with a $35 radio and laptop

Emergency alert systems manufactured by Acoustic Technology Inc. can be hijacked and made to play any audio thanks to a vulnerability dubbed SirenJack.

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