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How to Stop Nation State-Driven Cyber-Attacks from Crippling Our Critical Infrastructure

September 5th, 2018 / By

National Intelligence Director, Dan Coats, recently warned that, “the warning lights are blinking red” on cyber threats to US national security, and digital attempts to undermine America are occurring daily. The Stuxnet and BlackEnergy malware attacks exemplify the potency and

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Cybersecurity for a New Type of Critical Infrastructure

February 1st, 2017 / By

Regulators Weigh in on Medical Devices

While the medical device as a cyber-attack target has increasingly concerned health regulators in recent years, the risk may come as news to many in traditional ICS infrastructure circles. For cybersecurity specialists focused on control

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Ukraine’s Power-Grid Failure Confirmed as Cyber-Attack. Now What?

March 18th, 2016 / By

Like many in the business of cybersecurity for industrial control systems (ICS), I’ve been closely following this winter’s cruel and expertly executed hack in Ukraine that left more than 200,000 people in the cold and dark two days before Christmas. The first confirmed cyber-attack to shut down a power grid, the Ukraine assault demonstrated that a motivated enemy can, and will, break through standard cyber-defenses to further an agenda in ways that are not soon forgotten.

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Navy Admirals Seek Greater Accountability in Securing Critical Infrastructure

March 2nd, 2016 / By

Stating that weaknesses in industrial control system (ICS) security “will have serious consequences on our ability to execute assigned missions if not addressed,” the letter I recently received was addressed to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. In it, two Navy admirals asked the Secretary to require improved control-system security by adding it as a priority in the cyber scorecard.

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Notes from the Road: DistribuTECH 2016

February 19th, 2016 / By

This year was my first visit to DistribuTECH and, with my background working with electric utilities, I wanted to focus on the “Defending the Grid” track. Topics of “Defending the Grid” addressed a variety of subjects including physical security, adopting the NIST Cybersecurity Frame Work, and application of threat assessment methodologies, to name a few.

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When a Former “Anonymous” Hacker Says US Critical Infrastructure May be Next, It’s Time to Listen

December 9th, 2014 / By

Severe security issues have dominated recent news cycles, alarming global audiences and impacting sectors that usually have little in common when it comes to headlines. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation techniques is now at the fore, with the US military on high alert as a result.

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3eTI Responds to NSA Warning on Cybersecurity and Power-Grid Threat Posed by China

November 26th, 2014 / By

NSA Director Michael Rogers raised a warning before Congress last week about risks posed by China to America’s power grid through cyber-attack. 3eTI issued the company’s response, which follows.

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Learning to Protect the Networks That Protect Us

August 29th, 2014 / By

The growing number of attacks on networks has become one of the most serious economic and national security threats to our nation. It is imperative that these threats be thought of daily as a legitimate cause for concern. To keep networks secure, and to lock down the critical cyber space we all share, network owners and public officials must work to empower the general public to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment.

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It’s Summertime and the Electrical Grid is Straining: Department of Energy Seeks to Secure It

August 11th, 2014 / By

Summer is the season of lightning strikes and soaring temperatures that darken our homes and turn our schools and work places into infernos. The AC runs night and day straining the grid to the breaking point in many regions. The last thing any of us needs is a sweltering home or office when the heat visibly pulses off the asphalt. Without electricity and cooled air in the summer, lives are at risk. Every year, people die due to heat-related electrical outages.

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The High Cost of Playing Down ICS Cybersecurity

June 20th, 2014 / By

When Reuters reported May 20 that an unnamed American utility’s control system was hacked, according to the Department of Homeland Security, the story and DHS pointed out that despite no apparent operational impact, the utility probably had been hacked before. The agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) said, according to Reuters, that employees probably let the hackers in through an Internet portal that used a password system vulnerable to brute force hacks.

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