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3 Trends in Support of a More Nuanced Approach to ICS Security

The security community has seen multiple high-profile incidents targeting industrial control systems (ICS) over the past few years. No one can forget Christmas 2015, when a threat actor linked to the Russian government sent spear-phishing emails to the Western Ukrainian power company Prykarpattyaoblenergo.Those messages were laced with BlackEnergy, a form of
Publish At:2017-03-27 12:15 | Read:826 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security ics malware security

The Subversive Six – Hidden Risk Points in Your ICS

I was lucky enough to be at the event at which Sean McBride initially spoke about potatoes. Who doesn’t love a good potato? It was actually a succinct outline of a process in agriculture that takes place every day, outlining pinch points of a potato harvester that could illicit physical harm to the workers performing their everyday jobs.It was a nice metapho
Publish At:2017-03-15 05:05 | Read:898 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security ics organization risk

More than 90% of IT Pros Expect More Attacks, Risk, and Vulnerability with IIoT in 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) embodies great promise and risk. On the one hand, ordinary users view IoT as a means of streamlining their activities across billions of “smart” devices. They hope such connectivity will ultimately translate into better and easier lives. On the other hand, IoT devices aren’t always designed with security in mind
Publish At:2017-03-13 16:15 | Read:600 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security IIoT IT OT Vulnerability

Common Solutions for DevOps and Discrete Manufacturing

Near the bleeding edge of technology, there’s a lot of talk (and work) around DevOps and the use of containers for delivering services. This is a fast-paced environment where services are spun up and down to meet demand in an elastic cloud and code is shipped to production multiple times a day. It’s also an area where security is far from ‘figured out,’ but
Publish At:2017-03-08 04:11 | Read:673 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security DevOps Docker security

4 Tips for a Successful OT & IT Security Marriage

Securing critical infrastructure is becoming a priority for the public and private sectors. Cyber professionals everywhere are rejoicing about the increasing investments in protecting the networks and systems that keep us safe at night. The Oval Office has even signaled its intentions to make security a priority.We welcome the new administration’s desire for
Publish At:2017-02-15 03:15 | Read:1037 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security IT OT security

ICS Sandbox: Diving into the ICS Threat Landscape at RSA Conference

During the second week of February, information security professionals will head over to San Francisco to attend RSA, one of The State of Security’s top 13 conferences for 2017. The conference is primarily focused on information security-related topics and typically draws over 45,000 attendees per year, making it one of the largest information security
Publish At:2017-02-02 01:45 | Read:912 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security Conference ics security

2016 Reflections on ICS Security

As the year approaches the end, it is a time to reflect on 2016 and industrial control systems (ICS) security. Why ICS security? Because securing ICS should be everyone’s concern. Consider the impact on this critical infrastructure and what it means to you.ImpactWhy?Your entertainment—watching movies on your TV or laptop, listening to music, etc.ICS are a cr
Publish At:2016-12-28 10:55 | Read:859 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security backdoor ics security spear-p

How to Approach Cyber Security for Industrial Control Systems

Today’s industrial control systems (ICS) face an array of digital threats. Two in particular stand out. On the one hand, digital attackers are increasingly targeting and succeeding in gaining unauthorized access to industrial organizations. Some actors use malware, while others resort to spear-phishing (or whaling) and other social engineering techniqu
Publish At:2016-11-14 12:05 | Read:828 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security controllers Cyber endpoints i

Passively Pilfering Pages: How Beepers Threaten ICS Security

In today’s interconnected world, malicious actors take no issue in targeting industrial control systems (ICS). Just look at what’s happened in the past two years alone.Actors have sent spear-phishing emails to a number of industrial organizations in the Middle East; gained unauthorized access to a dam in upstate New York; leveraged BlackEnergy ma
Publish At:2016-11-03 07:45 | Read:1063 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security beepers ics Industrial page T

3 ICS Security Incidents that Rocked 2016 and What We Should Learn from Them

Physical and digital systems are increasingly linked together in modern industrial environments like those seen in the United States. While this connectivity automates the management of industrial control systems (ICS), it also means a digital attack against our nation’s critical infrastructure could negatively affect users’ physical health and s
Publish At:2016-11-01 00:45 | Read:1313 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security CISR ics malware NCSAM securi

Lessons from the Frontlines of Power Utility Attacks

Security experts have been warning companies and policymakers that systems protecting power utilities and other critical infrastructure are vulnerable to cyber attacks. Those intrusions could produce widespread damage, if they proved to be successful.In fact, as reported by Dark Reading, the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT)
Publish At:2016-10-06 12:20 | Read:756 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security ics ICS-CERT malware power ra

Why Is Endpoint Protection a Big Deal in ICS Environments?

In a previous blog post, ICS: Next Frontier For Cyber Attacks blog, I spoke about the cybersecurity posture of industrial control systems (ICS) and the enormous implications for such attacks. For industrial organizations, it means downtime and lost business. For individuals, it means potential safety issues and lost services. For society, it means significan
Publish At:2016-09-28 21:40 | Read:985 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security Belden ics IT Network OT secu

Operation Ghoul Haunting Industrial Organizations with Malware, Data Exfiltration

Industrial control system (ICS) security is a growing concern for organizations around the world. On the one hand, research suggests that vulnerabilities and exposures are increasingly jeopardizing the security of ICS assets. In their report Overload: Critical Lessons from 15 Years of ICS Vulnerabilities, the FireEye iSIGHT threat intelligence team tracked 1
Publish At:2016-08-19 13:15 | Read:1061 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security ics malware security social e

Recommendations for Protecting Against ICS Security Threats

Security is not the same for the industrial control systems (ICS) as it is for information technology (IT). This difference in part arises from the unique characteristics that set IoT and IT environments apart from one another.Take IT, for instance. One of the most important business drivers for securing systems in those types of environments is mitigating r
Publish At:2016-08-08 02:40 | Read:849 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security Belden David Meltzer ics IT O

FireEye 2016 ICS Vulnerabilities Trend Report: Missed Warnings, Exposed Industrial Environments

Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are the technology workhorses responsible for powering the electric grid and utilities, water treatment plants, oil and gas production, food and beverage manufacturing, and transportation systems, among many others. Our society relies on these systems more than we know to keep life running smoothly.However, a new research rep
Publish At:2016-08-05 01:35 | Read:1265 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles ICS Security FireEye ICS Vulnerabilties Re

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