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Remotely Managed Industrial Automation Cybersecurity

Epic Turla, Regin, and BlackEnergy are the names of just a few in a series of recent malware discoveries that target industrial automation control systems (IACS). The increasing volume and sophistication of these types of threats has driven the topic of operational technology security all the way up to the corporate boardroom. Unfortunately, the attack […]

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Is There Enough Focus on Cybersecurity for Municipal Infrastructure?

The volumes of information written about cybersecurity can be mind-boggling. The subject has important implications for everyone, especially for those of us involved with industrial control systems and software-based automation of water, sewer and electric systems. Legacy control systems have always been vulnerable because they weren’t designed with cyber attacks in mind. They were designed […]

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Webinar Recording: How to Build Reliable Industrial Control Systems

I am always pleased to share operationally sound methods for deeply layering security, and I frequently demonstrate live hacks that illustrate how exploits can be countered undetectably to hackers once they’ve breached the firewall — as they inevitably will. Recently I had the opportunity to team with an expert security researcher to investigate new capabilities […]

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ISA Strengthens its Position as a Leader in Industrial Automation and Control Systems Cybersecurity

Results of a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, canvassing more than 1,600 leading experts on the Internet and computer systems and networks, predicted that a major industrial cyberattack will occur sometime within the next 10 years that will cause widespread harm to America’s security and welfare. “Widespread harm” was defined as significant loss […]

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Managing Industrial Control System Cybersecurity

The purpose of industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity is to ensure that the industrial process performs safely and as expected. It should only perform at the right time, for the right people, and for the purposes for which it was designed. Anything outside those conditions is often considered a cybersecurity incident. Small improvements to the […]

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Top 10 Differences Between ICS and IT Cybersecurity

In many, if not most plants with industrial control systems (ICS), ICS engineers and their internal information technology (IT) counterparts have very different perspectives on cybersecurity. Not surprisingly, these different perspectives often lead to conflicts when connecting an ICS to the plant’s IT system. In the past, because industrial control systems used proprietary hardware and […]

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Urgent Need for Automation Systems Cyberprotection

Widespread global awareness of threats to information systems (IS) has led government and business to focus significant attention and resources on IS cybersecurity. The same cannot be said regarding industrial automation systems, where there is an urgent need to focus on the cyberprotection of critical industrial control systems. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has […]

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How NIST Cybersecurity Framework Improves Critical Infrastructure Protection

On 12 February 2013 President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, titled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” The executive order instructed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a voluntary cybersecurity framework that would provide a “prioritized, flexible, repeatable, performance-based, and cost-effective approach for assisting organizations responsible for critical infrastructure services to manage cybersecurity […]

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Cybersecurity – one of the 10 trends impacting the future of ISA

In my column in last month’s issue of ISA Insights, I mentioned five game-changing themes ISA leaders adopted as high-level directional strategic goals for the Society. Those goals originated from a discussion of trends impacting ISA’s future. In many cases ISA staff and volunteers who are subject matter experts (SME’s) in these areas are already […]

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What Can We Do to Prevent Cyberattacks on Industrial Operations?

Cybersecurity is now becoming a high priority for industry and the government, but the Automation Federation (AF) and its sister organization the International Society of Automation (ISA) have been ahead of this recent industry and government activity. The partners have been working with hundreds of end user and vendor members on industrial cybersecurity best practices, […]

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