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A Wake-up Call to Ignoring Cyber Threats – PG&E Indicted on Criminal Charges

April 07, 2014 Added by:Joe Weiss

On April 1, a federal grand jury indicted PG&E on 12 counts of knowingly and willfully violating the federal Pipeline Safety Act leading to the San Bruno natural gas pipeline rupture.

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Cyber Command’s Budget Doubles

January 20, 2014 Added by:Joel Harding

According to the Washington Post, here, the budget of the US Cyber Command has doubled from $212 million to $447 million. This covers the addition of 4,000 staff personnel, among other things.

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Improving SCADA System Security (Part 1)

December 21, 2013 Added by:InfoSec Institute

Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks are considered by cyber strategists to be the backbone of any country. Critical infrastructure, and in particular control systems, require protection from a variety of cyber threats that could compromise their ordinary operation.

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What the Snowden Leaks Can Teach Us About Data Security

November 14, 2013 Added by:Cam Roberson

One of the major issues discussed in the wake of the National Security Agency leak involving Edward Snowden was how the government can prevent a similar leak from happening in the future. This article looks at several specific measures that can strengthen data security, making it more difficult for bad actors to break into the system, and tougher for them to make off with sensitive information onc...

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DNP3 Vulnerabilities Part 1 of 2: NERC’s Electronic Security Perimeter is Swiss Cheese

November 07, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

If you have been following SCADA news in the last month, you might have noticed an avalanche of reports and blogs on new security vulnerabilities in power industry equipment. So far, vulnerability disclosures for 9 products using the DNP3 protocol have been released by the ICS-CERT, with another 21 SCADA product disclosures on their way.

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Snowden Effect is Adverse to his Intentions

October 14, 2013 Added by:Jarno Limnéll

Edward Snowden did not restart a cold war nor did he change the reality of international politics. The consequences of his actions will thwart his original intentions.

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Enough Clucking – Start Fixing the SCADA Security Problem

September 12, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

I am not a SCADA Apologist. If anything, I consider people like myself and Joel Langill to be SCADA Realists. Clearly Joel and I believe security is important. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be in this business. And our clients don’t pay us to hear: “Do nothing; it’s the other guy’s fault.”

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The Electric Industry: Understanding Cyber Risk is Key to Resource Allocation

August 07, 2013 Added by:Lila Kee

Organizations, especially those involved in the electric industry, must view security investments as a viable risk-reduction tools that not only protect the nation’s way of life, but also investments they have made in their own businesses. To truly understand the risk that critical infrastructures face, and the level of security attention its different sectors require, you must first understand ...

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Emergency Alerting Systems Found Vulnerable to Remote Attack

July 08, 2013 Added by:Steve Ragan

Digital Alert Systems From Monroe Electronics Contain a Known SSH Private Key and are Vulnerable to Remote Attack

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Making Patching Work for SCADA and Industrial Control System Security

April 05, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

Applying patches is a critical part of good security. According to US-CERT, about 95% of all network intrusions could have been avoided by keeping systems up to date with appropriate patches. What I am against is patching as a knee-jerk reaction to security vulnerabilities. You can’t expect your control system to operate reliably if you don’t have a controlled process for patching.

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The Threat to Industrial Control Systems from Physical Persistent Design Features (PPDF)

April 01, 2013 Added by:Joe Weiss

Industrial control systems (ICSs) were designed for reliability and safety and to enable system operability and functionality. Many ICSs were originally designed before networking was commonplace. Consequently, cyber security was not a design consideration.

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SCADA and ICS Security Patching: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

March 26, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

Let's examine the good, the bad and the ugly details of patching as a means to secure SCADA and ICS systems. And to begin, let’s suppose patches could be installed without shutting down the process...

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Congress is Hurting the U.S. Regarding Cybersecurity

March 19, 2013 Added by:Joel Harding

If Congress doesn’t wake up and begin asking serious questions around cybersecurity, their inattention is going to cause us great harm in the coming years.

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SCADA and ICS Security: Welcome to the Patching Treadmill

March 15, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

After Stuxnet, security researchers and hackers on the prowl for new targets to exploit shifted their efforts to critical industrial infrastructure. Unfortunately, the SCADA and Industrial Control Systems applications they are now focusing on are sitting ducks.

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China's PLA Behind Massive Cyber Espionage Operation

February 19, 2013 Added by:Mike Lennon

In a fascinating, unprecedented, and statistics-packed report, security firm Mandiant made direct allegations and exposed a multi-year, massive cyber espionage campaign that they say with confidence is the work of China.

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Defining the Qualities of Cyber Warfare

February 14, 2013 Added by:Jarno Limnéll

Cyber warfare is one of the hottest topics currently trending in newsfeeds and, although many are quick to use the term, not everyone fully understands the concept.

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