Practical SCADA Security

Control System Security Threats, Security / Reliability Incidents, Useful Industrial Cyber Security Tips

submitted by: Heather MacKenzie
on: Wed, 2014-05-14 11:14

Author Mike Miclot

On the eve of April 8, Microsoft retired support for the Windows XP operating system (OS) – leaving millions of Windows XP users susceptible to accidental and deliberate security issues. Though the retirement had been long planned and with fair warning, industrial network users are just beginning to comprehend the ramifications.

submitted by: Heather MacKenzie
on: Thu, 2014-03-20 21:00

You have likely never worried about the possibility of a high school geek doing some programming that affects your home water quality. Well, neither had I until I learnt that some municipal networks have no security between the network their schools use and the one that runs their water/wastewater facility.

submitted by: Heather MacKenzie
on: Wed, 2014-02-26 21:00

One of the major differences between industrial networks and enterprise networks is that industrial networks are typically managed by engineers or technicians. Now engineers are experts at making good product, designing control loops and so on, but they are not IT security wizards. That's the reality, and it means that security products that "just work" reliably and safely with automation systems are going to be more effective in actually delivering security than products that don't.

submitted by: Eric Byres
on: Fri, 2014-01-31 16:26

Dale Peterson and I have been debating ICS security in our blog posts for over a year now. This January, we took our debate live at the S4x14 conference in Miami, Florida. While Dale refers to me as a SCADA Apologist, I believe I am more of a SCADA Realist.

submitted by: Eric Byres
on: Fri, 2013-12-20 10:11

As we prepare for some time off to enjoy the holiday season, we would like to take a moment to thank you for being a part of our SCADA security community in 2013.

We very much appreciate your readership and the stimulating dialogue that results from it. The Tofino Security team wishes you and your families all the best for a wonderful holiday and a very happy New Year.