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 […]

Denial of Service

Most in this business know who Brian Krebs is. He is well known for looking in the dark corners of the Internet for all sorts of obnoxious evil and documenting it. In the last day or two, he encountered what appear to be record levels of traffic aimed against his web site. His host, Akamai, […]

Will the next “revolution” in information and communications technologies follow the same fate of failed political ones?

Political revolutions have a tendency to backfire. The high ideals of “liberty, fraternity and equality” behind the 1789 French Revolution ended with the guillotine. In the Russian Revolution of 1917 the promises of “peace, bread, and land” led to the Gulag. Even technological revolutions of the past had have downsides to them. One possible cause […]

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 […]