The lack of comprehensive investigation and sharing of lessons from industrial control system incidents will continue to leave others as sitting ducks.

This past week news has surfaced about cyber-attacks directed against German industry. In particular about a suspected case of cyber espionage at ThyssenKrupp (1) (2). The announcement that a German steel maker was cyber attacked reminded me about the 2014 German Federal Government IT Department’s (BSI) report of a cyber-attack at an unidentified steel mill […]

In seeking to protect industrial control systems are we clear about what is being threatened and from what threats?

Reading the recently published Industrial Control Systems Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) Advanced Analytical Laboratory (AAL) White Paper on Malware Trends left me somewhat unimpressed and disappointed. Whenever I read a document about cybersecurity, especially one written by an institution dealing with the security of industrial control systems, I am keen to see how the authors […]

Meditations on Icelandic tomatoes and the challenge of raising cybersecurity awareness

Raising the awareness for a cybersecurity practitioner about the vulnerabilities of IT and Industrial Control Systems to today’s threats emanating from cyberspace can sometimes resemble the hopeless task of Sisyphus(1). The practitioner has the knowledge but it is not an easy thing to convey the concerns to higher management that may not be as technically […]

Seeking to Develop Exercises That Test Response Capabilities to Any Threat & Add Value

Conducting an exercise can be a very useful tool for testing policies, procedures and actions of institutions for dealing with a perceived threat scenario. It offers the advantage of providing an idea of what would really happen if the worst was to happen without doing any real damage. It can provide answers to questions without […]

Why the Infatuation With Risk?

At a recent meeting of ICS Security “experts,” the discussion turned to risk-assessment standards. I posed the question: Why are are we so infatuated with the Risk Equation when it offers so little guidance. “Why not use consequences and defenses?” I asked. “Isn’t that how most Engineers and Operators think?” “Risk is what they understand […]