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Forget Hyperbole: Stay True to Security Message

By Gregory Hale One of the good things that occurred after last week’s news from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) involving Russian attackers being able to penetrate the networks of hundreds of U.S. utilities is the idea of companies operating …

Age of Misdirection: Stay Focused, Safe, Secure

By Gregory Hale Here we sit in this age of misdirection where an outlandish set of noise is set off in one direction while the real operation is working somewhere else. It is a classic diversionary tactic. While that could refer to a tweet storm sent o …

Safety System Attack: Plan to Wake Up Industry

By Gregory Hale It is so easy to point fingers. “You did it, no, you did it.” “Someone else did it, not me.” Looking at the attack on Schneider Electric’s Triconex safety system that occurred last August but was just revealed in December, it would be v …

Fighting FUD from DC

By Gregory Hale If anyone thought fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) as an approach to cybersecurity ended a long time ago, then view the latest report coming out of Washington saying there is a narrow and fleeting window to prepare for and prevent “a 9 …

WannaCry: Time to Implement Holistic Security

By Gregory Hale You can see the fallout already occurring from the WannaCry ransomware attack. Yes, it seems more manufacturers will implement security procedures because they want protection against these types of attacks – and that is a good thing. W …

Water Utility Goes Proactive with Security

By Gregory Hale In the often jaded, cynical world of cyber security where reactionary thinking often takes hold of manufacturers trying to hold attackers at bay, it is difficult to see progress. But there is. Take the Russellville, Arkansas Water and S …

IIoT: We Have to get Ahead of This

By Gregory Hale Talk about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is at such a fevered pitch not seen in the industry in a long time, or if ever, but what users and vendors alike need to understand is security needs to be a major part of the discussi …

Open Systems Need Intrinsic Security

By Gregory Hale The gauntlet has been thrown down. One of the major automation users in the world wants to streamline its technology architecture where it is more open, more interchangeable and easier to address. Oh, and at the same time, it has to be …

Security: Ease the Pain …

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories looking forward to the new year and beyond for safety and security in the manufacturing automation sector. This week, ISSSource looks at security, next week safety. By Gregory Hale The fear of sec …

Age of New and Different

By Gregory Hale New and different. Those two words do not see very much action in the manufacturing automation sector. Yes, everyone talks about their new products, and yes, they talk about different approaches. But the reality is they are new products …

Ernie Rakaczky: Job Well Done

By Gregory Hale Ernie Rakaczky would just laugh and shrug his shoulders if he heard this, but he truly was a pioneer in the industrial security sector. I can remember to the day where we were when I broached the subject of starting up a news web site f …

IT Getting an OT Education

By Gregory Hale It wasn’t that long ago when a well-known ICS security professional was feeling down because of the influx of IT security people invading the industrial sector. “There are just too many people in here now that don’t know a PLC from a so …

Complex Security Should be Easy

By Gregory Hale A new wave of security awareness is hitting the industry. Security continues its rise throughout the manufacturing automation industry and there was no better evidence of that when the ARC Advisory Group and Kaspersky Lab devoted a good …

Sony: Risk Management in Real Time

By Gregory Hale It plays out almost like a classic kidnapping crime story: The victim’s family or associates receive a ransom note and they have set time to pay or else the victim will meet an untimely demise. Law enforcement gets involved and they rec …

Talk to Me: Elevating Security Awareness

By Gregory Hale As the manufacturing automation industry inches toward understanding and accepting security as an enabler to their business, the idea of folks being more aware of the issue appears to be taking over for what had been out-and-out denial. …

Safety, Security: Know Risks, Learn Priorities

By Gregory Hale Look at the risks and learn the priorities. In the manufacturing automation arena, that line could apply to the safety environment or in a security scenario. Users have to look at risks and understand the priorities in what you have to …

Add One More Fire to the List

By Gregory Hale Chief executives are in a constant state of alarm mode. They have to be thinking of the future direction of the company while making sure it is running as smoothly as possible so they can reap the greatest dividends to ensure the compan …

Talk to Me: Stuxnet, Flame a Global Alert

By Gregory Hale Critical infrastructure organizations should be on alert because they will be the target of a cyber attack before long. Over exaggerated hyperbole from folks watching the cyber security environment? Hardly. Just cold hard facts. If Flam …

Talk to Me: Bonus of Security

By Gregory Hale Headlines throughout the ISSSource website this week don’t lie: Survey: Malicious Attack Costs Grow; Agile Hackers will Break Security; Data Breaches Focus on Money: Study, and Spammers getting Smarter, Report Says. Reports galore talk …

Stuxnet to Duqu: The Waiting Begins

By Gregory Hale Duqu’s botnet shut down its reconnaissance mission. That means the first part of its mission is now complete and the next act in this real life drama is ready for deployment. The timeframe? That is anybody’s guess as the industry learne …

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