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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: Katherine Brocklehurst on July 11, 2017

Petya ransomware surfaced publicly in June 2017, starting first in the Ukraine, rapidly moving to Europe and now into the United States. This global ransomware epidemic will not only encrypt your systems – essentially denying you access to everything it holds – it also “wipes” (overwrites) the hard drive master boot record (MBR) so that it cannot boot up its operating system.

Without a backup, your system is dead and all the data lost. Some researchers believe even if the Bitcoin ransom were paid and keys obtained, they would not work to decrypt and restore your systems.

Read this blog to understand the basics of the Petya ransomware, how to know if your systems are vulnerable, and five security tips to consider as next steps to protect your operations.

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Katherine Brocklehurst on July 05, 2017

If you’re following industrial cyber security trends you know that industrial networks, endpoints and control systems typically have inherent weaknesses that make them insecure and vulnerable to compromise through digital methods.

So, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise to learn that the May 2017 report, Rogue Robots: Testing the Limits of an Industrial Robot’s Security, tells us that industrial robots are insecure too, and for many of the same reasons.

However, what might surprise industrial firms with robotic applications is how much cyber risk exists within their robotic ecosystem. Read more to learn findings and tips – whether or not you have robotics systems in your environment.

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Katherine Brocklehurst on May 03, 2017

Who’s responsible for industrial cyber security in your organization? Whether it’s Information Technology (IT) or a cross-functional ICS operations and process control group – often labeled Operations Technology (OT) – they likely have incompatible approaches to resolving cyber security risk.

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Katherine Brocklehurst on March 29, 2017

What do the movies “Groundhog Day” and “Independence Day” have in common, and what can we learn from them related to cyber defense? Well, if you weren’t able to attend the annual RSA Conference back in February, cyber defense expert Tony Sager explained it all at the Tripwire booth. (In case you missed it, Belden acquired Tripwire in January of 2015.)

Let’s start first with “who is Tony Sager?”

That’s a fair question as many of you may be unfamiliar with Tony’s decades of work in cyber defense with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), the SANS Institute, and now as senior vice president and chief evangelist for CIS (formerly the Center for Internet Security).

Googling Tony won’t do his contributions to the field of cyber security justice – nor will this link at CIS on his background. However, in his talk at RSA he masterfully distilled all his years of experience into just a few key points of guidance.

Find out “what matters most” in cyber defense regardless of your industry and why Tony thinks cyber security is a lot more like the movie “Groundhog Day” than “Independence Day.”

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Katherine Brocklehurst on February 22, 2017

Industrial control systems (ICS) are the workhorses of our physical world, and becoming more internet-connected, more virtualized in many cases, and more remotely accessible by the day.

Security experts worry that the growing dependence on internet-connected devices is outpacing our ability to secure them. This is particularly true within industrial and critical infrastructure because cyber threats could result in physical disruption, loss of availability and even risk to public safety.

On the other hand, many ICS professionals don’t believe there is a genuine risk to plant operations. Unfortunately, that’s not what the data shows.

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on November 16, 2016

Here’s your situation - industrial security is a hot topic today and management has decided to assign you the task to take an assessment and come up with a plan to protect the company from… well, they didn’t exactly say.

Perhaps some budget support was provided for this task and perhaps not. Nevertheless, doing nothing is not an option.

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Katherine Brocklehurst on November 02, 2016

There is an elephant in the industrial infrastructure control room. Much of the equipment in use within many of the US critical infrastructure sectors is at risk of aging out while still in production use.

It was therefore no surprise when a large California city proposed funding for a new power generation and water treatment plant to increase capacity and replace aging infrastructure.
What was a surprise was that the new state-of-the-art plant was plagued with network communication problems and failing PLCs.

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