Observations from 2021 SANS ICS Cyber Security Conference

The 2021 SANS ICS Cyber Security Conference was held March 4-5, 2021 with almost 9,000 registrants globally. The Conference thoroughly addressed OT networking issues. However, cyber security issues associated with Level 0,1 devices were not as adequately understood and addressed. There was also almost no discussion of the hardware backdoors in the Chinese-made transformers. My […]

Texas power outages demonstrate grid cyber vulnerability and inadequacy of existing regulations

Recent Texas power outages and the loss of both electricity and water across Texas demonstrate how vulnerable ERCOT and Texas are to not only natural disasters such as snowstorms and hurricanes but also manmade and malicious activities. More than that, it also demonstrates the vulnerability of the entire U.S. Energy grid. The good news is […]

CISA Hits a Home Run!

In their Water and Wastewater Systems Security Recommendations, CISA touched on a subject that I rarely ever see anywhere: Before working on security, it helps to make the automation and the process more resilient. Even more important, the automation should actively refuse certain toxic moves. Yes, CISA was recommending that all Automation be made safer. […]

SCADA Apologists?

I really wish things were as simple as Dale Peterson makes them out to be. I’m not an apologist for the security situation among industrial control systems. But if all we had to do is lift a pen and sign off a few dozen checks, the security issue would have been done and gone already. […]

SCADASEC blog website is now secure

Our web site before was not completely secured, and we used self-signing certificates as an interim measure to ensure that the site was secure. Since we are not conducting e-commerce of any kind, the need for über super-secret security wasn’t necessary. Our choice was to use a more cost-effective CA provider called ‘Comodo’. Widely used […]

Don’t overlook the most consequential control system cyber events of 2020

URL: https://www.controlglobal.com/blogs/unfettered/dont-overlook-the-most-consequential-control-system-cyber-events-of-2020/ Two of the most consequential control system cyber events (attacks) in 2020 were supply chain attacks. The first event was the Chinese installing hardware backdoors in large electric transformers, an incident that prompted Presidential Executive Order (EO) 13920. The hardware backdoors are obvious control system threats. The second event was the Russian SolarWinds […]