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The system is REALLY broken – even the banks don’t get ICS cyber security

Several months ago I was approached by an executive at a  large bank.  The concern was cyber security of their building controls and the lack of a bridge between the IT security people and the building controls people. This morning, 9/11, I received the following note: "...

Fraunhofer Institute lectures on control system cyber security

I have been invited to give two lectures at the Fraunhofer Institute in Darmstadt, Germany on various aspects of control system cyber security. The first is scheduled for December 2nd and the second for January 6th. The lecture series is called: “A new security culture for "Industrie 4.0".

Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communications Foundation Merge

The Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communications foundation have now officially merged to form a new organisation to known as FieldComm Group.  As no surprise Ted Masters will be president and CEO of FieldComm Group.

Foundation Fieldbus Chipset Migration

The Fieldbus Foundation recently distributed a “Hot off the Wire” Press Release to inform everyone that one of the manufacturers of an approved chip set on which the FF Stack is built is to be discontinued in March 2015.

Batch Optimization Recommendations Tips

Batch processes pose particular challenges for closed-loop control and optimization due to inherent process nonlinearity and non-self-regulation. At the same time there is a greater potential for increasing capacity in batch than in continuous processes. Solutions need to address the interrelationship between yield, capacity, quality, and repeatability.

Aurora mitigation status and lack of industry credible response

The electric industry still has done very little other than paper studies to address the Aurora mitigation. DOD is working with two utilities to demonstrate the use of the Aurora hardware mitigation devices. The first utility has provided DOD with several dozen event reports to date.

NERC CIPS and Keeping Lights On – are they the same?

August 19th, I spent a day with the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Version 5 Drafting team working on one of the NERC CIP Standards. The focus was on boundary protection, not on the actual control system devices and serial communications which were explicitly excluded.

Batch Optimization Perspective Tips

The highest value added products use batch operations. Batches can take days to complete and be worth millions of dollars. In many cases bad batches cannot be fixed downstream. Bad batches must be avoided. There are many techniques for making batches more repeatable and faster by better monitoring and control.

Selected Sessions at 2014 October ICS Cyber Security Conference

The 14th ICS Cyber Security Conference ( will have 5 major themes: Actual ICS cyber incidents; ICS cyber security standards; ICS cyber security solutions; ICS cyber security demonstrations; and ICS policy issues. The Conference focuses on what has REALLY happened and what is being done that affects the CONTROL SYSTEMS.

2014 Silicon Valley Cyber Security Summit – no ICS focus

August 12th, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group hosted the 2014 Silicon Valley Cyber Security Summit. The attendance was very high level with 2 US Senators, 2 US Representatives, senior leadership from McAfee, Symantec, RSA, etc. There was almost no ICS focus or discussions though there were discussions about the need for...