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Posted by: Katherine Brocklehurst on August 09, 2017

In June 2017, researchers disclosed a new family of sophisticated malware that is designed to target and disrupt industrial control systems in power grids, specifically electric utility substations. “CRASHOVERRIDE” can ultimately cause a loss of power at substations and the concern is in its sophistication, modular design and extensibility to other industries and critical infrastructure.

The bottom line is, CRASHOVERRIDE is not your average malware and there is no “easy button.” Here is what you need to know, with findings and suggestions regardless of your industrial or critical infrastructure organization.

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: on June 15, 2016

Two things that make ICS cybersecurity different from IT security are the use of industrial-specific protocols like DNP3 and the common usage of endpoints like PLCs, IEDs and RTUs that are 15+ years old. Both of these factors are significant in industries that depend on WAN communication networks, such as power, water/wastewater, transportation plus oil and gas systems.

Recently two SCADA security experts, Erik Schweigert of Belden and Joel Langill of SCADAhacker.com, gave a webinar that described the challenges of securing systems like power grids.

If you want to understand how to secure industrial protocols like DNP3 or the unique challenges of Defense in Depth for OT, I strongly recommend you listen to this webinar. Read on to find out the top 10 things you will learn.

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on May 11, 2016

Energy and electric utility organizations are facing a range of challenges requiring a reevaluation of the cyber security within their industrial control networks, endpoints and controllers.

On the one hand, operators have to face losing access to phone lines, securing transmission substations, meeting pressing NERC CIP audit requirements and worrying about Internet connections to vital systems. On the other hand, they are confronted with evidence that indicates an increase in cyber attacks on energy Industrial Control Systems.

Given this environment and the importance of energy systems as critical infrastructure, Belden has increased its focus on cyber security solutions for the energy sector. This includes our recent announcement of the new Tofino Xenon for Energy product line. Most importantly, this offering includes modules for securing the DNP3 and IEC 60870-5-104 (IEC 104) protocols for electric power and SCADA systems.

If you are involved with cyber security for energy, power or electric utility systems, read on to find out why this new product line is a game changer for protecting critical assets.

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on November 11, 2013

If you have been following SCADA news in the last month, you might have noticed an avalanche of reports and blogs on new security vulnerabilities in power industry equipment. So far, vulnerability disclosures for 9 products using the DNP3 protocol have been released by the ICS-CERT , with another 21 SCADA product disclosures reportedly on their way. Even the New York Times and Wired Magazine have picked up this story.

Now, more vulnerabilities in SCADA products is hardly news, so why all the fuss?

All 25 vulnerabilities have been discovered by just two researchers, Adam Crain and Chris Sistrunk, using an impressive new security test tool that Adam developed under his AEGIS Project. This introduces a new world of attack possibilities against the power industry.

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