Archive for May, 2011

CNBC Cyber security documentary

The CNBC documentary, “Code Wars: America ’s Cyber Threat” premieres tomorrow at 9:00PM.
In the United States , our financial systems, power grids, telecommun…

Dillon Beresford and Siemens Controllers

For those who haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you read Dillon’s response on the SCADASec thread this morning. It is very interesting.

Natural gas pipelines, SCADA, and cyber security

Thursday, May 19th, Secretary of Commerce Ray LaHood and Cynthia Quaterman, head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration came to San Bruno, CA to pledge there will be tougher pipeline rules. Beginning in August, the federal govern…

Transatlantic Cybersecurity Research Workshop website link

After securing permissions, all presentations, supporting documents, and audio clips from the April 14, 2011 Transatlantic Cybersecurity Research Workshop Link at the Hungarian Embassy under the Presidency of the Council of the European Union are poste…

How the plant floor sees IT

Many of you in IT departments may be wondering why there is such a cultural gulf between Operations and IT.  Here’s what it looks like from the plant floor: Because of the way that IT departments are tightly coupled to many parts of the company, if anything is amiss, it will usually manifest itself in […]

Is penetration testing sufficient to constitute a comprehensive cyber vulnerability assessment?

April 2011, CPNI (UK) and DHS (US) published “Cyber Security Assessments of Industrial Control Systems – A Good Practice Guide” (…).  The document is a comprehensive guide…

Control system cyber incidents can affect ROI, dividends, and even CEOs jobs

People continue to ask for an ROI on control system cyber security. The San Bruno natural gas pipeline failure was a control system cyber incident. What has it cost PG&E? According to the San Jose Mercury News, to date it has cost the CEO and sever…

Validating a SCADA Master Station

One of the oldest projects of the DNP Technical Committee has been the ongoing effort to write a comprehensive Master Station test procedure.  It is a long, difficult thing to do. Unlike the remote side of a SCADA system, not only does the Master Station has a complex job to communicate correctly with an outstation, […]