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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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Bit9 Releases 2013 Server Security Survey Report

March 30, 2013 Added by:Mike Lennon

Security vendor Bit9, best known for its application whitelisting solutions, recently released its second annual server security survey of nearly 1,000 IT and security professionals worldwide.

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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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Email Security: It's Every Employee's Business

March 22, 2013 Added by:Allan Pratt, MBA

Email security has become part of the job description for every employee. All it takes is one employee to cause a breach that opens up the entire company.

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Hardening Is Hard If You're Doing It Right

March 20, 2013 Added by:Ian Tibble

The early days of deciding what to do with the risk will be slow and difficult and there might even be some feisty exchanges, but eventually, addressing the risk becomes a mature, documented process that almost melts into the background hum of the machinery of a business.

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Insecure Security Products, Krebs Gets Swatted

March 17, 2013 Added by:Anthony M. Freed

You want to secure your networks and systems, so you deploy solutions from well known vendors. Are those security appliances themselves secure? Not always, says researcher Ben Williams of NCC Group.

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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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How Secure Is Your Mobile Device?

March 13, 2013 Added by:Allan Pratt, MBA

Today, the world of mobile devices includes smartphones and tablets. This post doesn’t favor any specific brands, but let’s agree that the industry leaders are iOS and Android devices. The jury is still out as to whether or not BlackBerry will become a contender.

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Security Risks of Telecommuting

March 06, 2013 Added by:Allan Pratt, MBA

In today’s work environment, costs are skyrocketing, but one way to reduce costs is to offer a telecommuting option for employees. While it may be easier for telecommuting employees to perform their work at home or in the field, the process doesn’t happen without posing serious security risks.

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SANS SCADA and Process Control Security Survey - The State of the Industry is Discouraging

March 04, 2013 Added by:Joe Weiss

SANS has published their SANS SCADA and Process Control Security Survey. The results paint a very confusing picture and actually demonstrate the existing approaches to awareness and security are not working.

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Cyberspace; It's a Medium, Not a Place.

February 23, 2013 Added by:Krypt3ia

Much hay has been made over the use of the term “Cyberspace” since all this talk about cyberwar has been bandied about. I for one have also been one of the more vocal personages yelling online and off about the use of the term or more to the point its over-use and lack of real context.

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Despite a Decade of Security Upgrades, Windows Vulnerabilities Still Exist

February 22, 2013 Added by:Mark Austin

Windows 8 is touted, rightfully so, for being the most secure Windows operating system yet. However, it would be a mistake to believe that Windows 8 does not require external security enhancements.

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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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Time to Speak Up on New IF-MAP Specs for ICS and SCADA Security

February 12, 2013 Added by:Eric Byres

Something I believe industry urgently needs is better standards for information exchange between security solutions. Unfortunately while TCG has had feedback from the IT community, they have received little from the SCADA or ICS community. I encourage everyone involved with SCADA and ICS security to review the specification.

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Security and Privacy in a Connected and Cloudy World

November 29, 2012

A few months ago, I was invited to present at a summit organized by the New Zealand Privacy Commission, a government organization that is tasked with setting policies to ensure citizens of New Zealand remain secure when it comes to the use of their private information...

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On Security vs. Privacy

October 23, 2012

Security and privacy are sometimes used synonymously, at other times they are used as separate entities, and at other times they are used as co-dependent on each other. But what is the truth? I ended up having this discussion with Brian Honan whilst at RSA Europe and he explained his point of view...

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