Cross industry meeting to address the gap in process sensor cyber security and process safety

A virtual cross-industry meeting was held on January 5th, 2022 under the purview of IEEE, with universities and standards development and industry organizations representing a cross-section of critical infrastructures. Essentially, “a coalition of the willing”. As process sensors are used in all sectors, the intent of the meeting was to create outcomes and a way […]

There’s more to control system cybersecurity than IT and OT networks – TSA is missing that distinction

Control system cyber incidents affecting pipelines, rail, and aviation have caused catastrophic damage resulting in multi-billion-dollar impacts and hundreds of deaths. Detecting cyberattacks against IT and OT networks can be done today. However, the same cannot be said for detecting control system cyber incidents (attacks and unintentional incidents) that occur with the cyber insecure control […]

The gaps preventing cyber securing physical infrastructures

Physical infrastructures are monitored and controlled using instrumentation and control systems. Instrumentation monitors the processes and control systems control the physics. I have not used the term “critical infrastructure” as these issues apply to any physical infrastructure. Yet, instrumentation and the physics of the processes are often ignored as the focus of security experts is […]

Electric distribution reclosers can be cyber compromised to cause devastating wildfires

October 13, 2021, the San Jose Mercury News had the following headline: “High-wire act for PG&E: balancing safety, reliability”. PG&E is facing lawsuits and pleaded guilty to 84 counts of voluntary manslaughter in a 2018 blaze that nearly destroyed the town of Paradise. Consequently, PG&E is taking a zero-tolerance approach to “arcing,” which happens when […]

IIOT session on control system cyber security – Why hasn’t control system cyber security been solved yet?

October 6, 2021, 2-2:55pmEastern, I will be moderating a session on control system cyber security entitled “Why haven’t we solved control system cyber security yet?”  The session was originally entitled “Protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, PLCs, and other field control devices”. However, the title and session direction changed when it was recognized that […]

Formal response to FERC Complaint EL21-99-000 on Chinese equipment in the US grid

September 13, 2021, I submitted my response to the FERC Complaint EL21-99-000 on the use of Chinese-made equipment for critical equipment used in the US grid. The equipment identified can be used in many other critical infrastructures such as water/wastewater, pipelines, oil/gas, and manufacturing. – https://www.controlglobal.com/blogs/unfettered/formal-response-to-ferc-complaint-el21-99-000-on-chinese-equipment-in-the-us-grid

Do the Chinese “own” our electric grids and other infrastructures?

The national focus on cyber security has been on data breaches including ransomware which is what precipitated the August 25, 2021, White House Cyber security meeting. For IT networks, the focus on data breaches is sufficient. However, the real concern for critical infrastructures is not data breach but equipment damage that can cause very extended […]

World Federation of Scientists (WFS) Permanent Monitoring Panel – Mitigation of Catastrophic Risk

August 24th, 2021, I will be on an Engineering Infrastructure Resilience Panel discussing Cyber-Physical Security of Critical Infrastructures – Catastrophic Risks and Mitigation Strategies. Panelists will include Walter Grayman, Ali Mosleh from UCLA, Shaikha Al-Sanad from the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Andrew Ohrt from West Yost, John Organek from the EIS Council, and myself. […]